Atlanta Braves: This Just In...Craig Kimbrel Is Nasty

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 5, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the ball in the 9th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the home opener at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Did you happen to see the ending to the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers game on Monday?

Well, if you didn’t, watch it live—it’s pretty hard to find on the internet because, for some reason, the executives at Major League Baseball believe in social media as much as the Chinese government.

But if you did see it live, then you watched Craig Kimbrel fire bullets in the ninth and put on a show.

Kimbrel fired off 15 pitches, 10 of which were fastballs and struck out the side in the ninth to record his second save of the season and preserve the Braves’ 2-1 victory.

Kimbrel was electric.

Kimbrel was hitting 95 mph on the gun and made Casey McGehee, Yuniesky Betancourt and Nyjer Morgan look foolish. You know you have something going when out of the 10 strikes you threw, five of them went for swings and misses.

Here’s a fun little fact: Kimbrel has now recorded 66 outs in his Major League career; forty-five of them have been via strikeout—that’s whiffleball good.

It’s pretty clear Kimbrel is the closer in Atlanta and just like with every closer in baseball not named Mariano Rivera, there will be times he'll struggle.

But man, if he pitches like he did on Monday against the Brewers, the Braves are going to be all set in the ninth inning.


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