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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Craig Kimbrel collected his 43rd save of the season Saturday in the Braves' defeat of the Marlins.
Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He has a lights-out 1.61 ERA and 43 saves. Sep 6 - 10:43 PM

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Craig Kimbrel walked one but notched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 42nd save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel issued a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez, but he was never really threatened in trying to preserve the three-run lead, getting a lineup and double play ball to end it. The flamethrower's 42 saves this season are tops in all of baseball.
Sep 3 - 4:07 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Marlins.

The undisputed top closer in baseball, Kimbrel is in the midst of another outstanding season, compiling a 1.70 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 84/24 K/BB ratio over his 53 innings.
Aug 29 - 10:58 PM

Craig Kimbrel moved into a tie for the National League lead in saves with 39 after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Kimbrel was in danger immediately, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base on a single and a walk. But a sac bunt, a fielder's choice ground out, and a weak fly out later, Kimbrel was able to wrap up the game for his 39th save. He's tied with Trevor Rosenthal and Francisco Rodriguez for the league lead. The flame-thrower is 39-for-43 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio.
Aug 27 - 10:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel dispatched of the Athletics in order on Friday, racking up his 37th save of the season in the process.

Kimbrel fanned the first two hitters that he faced and induced a weak ground ball off the bat of Alberto Callaspo, needing only nine pitches to do his work. He owns an outstanding 1.80 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 82/22 K/BB ratio over 50 innings on the season and remains the most dominant closer in the game today.
Aug 17 - 11:09 PM

Craig Kimbrel got into trouble but wriggled free to grab his 35th save in Wednesday's win against the Dodgers.

Kimbrel, who is one behind Francisco Rodriguez for the MLB lead in saves, allowed the Dodgers to load the bases with one out with a walk, a bunt single, and a single to left field. He got Matt Kemp to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to eliminate the threat. Kimbrel is now 35-for-39 in save chances with a 1.88 ERA, 0.94 ERA, and an 80/21 K/BB ratio.
Aug 13 - 11:01 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 34th save of the season on Sunday, working a perfect inning to preserve a two-run victory over the Nationals.

Kimbrel needed just nine pitches to dispatch of the Nationals, including a strikeout. He has continued to perform as one of the most dominant closers in the league, registering a 1.91 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 79/20 K/BB ratio over 47 innings.
Aug 10 - 11:30 PM

Asked to go a second inning, Craig Kimbrel took a loss in the 12th against the Padres on Saturday.

Kimbrel got through the 11th with some help from a Rene Rivera baserunning miscue and a fabulous play from Andrelton Simmons. In the 12th, though, he walked three batters and then gave up a walkoff hit to Will Venable. Had Kimbrel pitched as hoped, it would have been his first outing of two full innings since April 21, 2011.
Aug 3 - 1:23 AM

Craig Kimbrel collected his 32nd save of the season in dominant fashion Monday versus the Padres.

Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, needing only 13 pitches. Atlanta's closer has a ridiculous 1.90 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 74/17 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 total frames this year.
Jul 28 - 3:06 PM

Craig Kimbrel delivered a perfect ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday for his MLB-leading 30th save of the season.

Kimbrel struck out two batters in the inning. The 26-year-old fireballer hasn't allowed a run over his last nine appearances and owns an excellent 12/1 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings in that timespan. He appears well on his way to another 40-plus save season.
Jul 18 - 11:32 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 28th save as the Braves won against the Mets on Thursday.

Kimbrel, recently named to the National League All-Star roster, made quick work of the Mets, recording a strikeout in the process. He has pitched four consecutive perfect ninth innings. Kimbrel, as expected, has been dominant, having converted 28 of 32 save opportunities with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/15 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning en route to his 26th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

It's the fifth time Kimbrel has fanned the side in a perfect ninth inning this season. The right-hander is now 26-for-30 in save opportunities with a 2.10 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 59/15 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 10:53 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 24th save in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel got into a bit of two-out danger, allowing back-to-back singles. After Jimmy Rollins stole second base, the winning run was 180 feet away, but Kimbrel got Chase Utley to fly out to end the game. The right-hander is 24-for-28 in save chances with a 2.23 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 55/15 K/BB ratio.
Jun 29 - 5:05 PM

Craig Kimbrel held the Phillies scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 23rd save in Friday's win.

Kimbrel worked around a lead-off walk, sandwiching a John Mayberry, Jr. fly out with two strikeouts. The flame-throwing closer is now 23-for-27 in save opportunities with a 2.30 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
Jun 27 - 10:22 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Astros on Tuesday.

Coming off his fourth blown save of the year, Kimbrel rebounded to set the Astros down in order. The save was his 22nd of the year, third-most in the National League. He's had a few minor glitches in the month of June, but Kimbrel remains one of the most effective closers going.
Jun 24 - 11:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
8Luis Avilan
9Juan Jaime
10Chasen Shreve
11Gus Schlosser
12Cory Gearrin
13Jonny Venters