Atlanta Braves Bullpen Holds Key to Success in 2013

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Atlanta Braves Bullpen Holds Key to Success in 2013
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Craig Kimbrel once again led the NL in saves in 2012.

The Atlanta Braves rotation has made headlines countless times over the past two decades. While this year’s starting staff has the potential to be one of the best in the National League, it is the Atlanta bullpen which may prove to be the best in baseball.

Last season, the Braves were 83-1 when leading after eight innings, a testament to the late-inning stability provided by the relievers.

Boasting an elite closer and a supporting cast that is the envy of baseball executives in both leagues, the Braves enter 2013 with a definite late inning advantage.  This group of relievers will be tasked with protecting the leads as Atlanta seeks to unseat the Washington Nationals on its way to a division title.

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