|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||68.00||3.00||2.00||47.00||1.46||0.82||97.00||19.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Philadelphia|| 5.0||0||0|| 0.00||5||3||5|
|vs LHB|| 33.1||0||0|| 1.35||0||13||53|
|vs RHB|| 27.1||0||0|| 1.98||0||13||39|
|12/26/2014||Craig Kimbrel, RP ATL||Marco Gonzales, SP STL|
A.J. Cole, SP WAS
|12/25/2014||Craig Kimbrel, RP ATL||Jimmy Rollins, SS LAD|
|12/23/2014||Craig Kimbrel, RP ATL|
Max Scherzer, SP WAS
|Corey Seager, SS LAD|
Rusney Castillo, CF BOS
Jonathan Papelbon, RP PHI
Yoenis Cespedes, RF DET
Matt Moore, SP TB
|Last 10 Games|
Braves have no interest in trading All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/15/15) While the Braves have been aggressive this offseason reshaping their roster, which included trades of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, one player not on the move is All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told MLB.com.
"We love our core group," Hart said. "We have added quality players around this group to allow us to compete while strengthening the farm system. We’ve added (Nick) Markakis, (Jason) Grilli, (Jim) Johnson, A.J. (Pierzynski) and others to help us compete this year. We have never entertained trading (Kimbrel) and have had zero conversations with any clubs about Craig. I want him finishing out a World Series win."
Kimbrel, who was NL Rookie of the Year in 2011, was an All-Star for a fourth straight season in 2014. While he was 0-3 last season, he posted a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 47 saves in 54 appearances. He is 15-10 with a 1.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in five MLB seasons. He has had at least 42 saves the last four seasons.
Craig Kimbrel escapes tough outing with the save
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(9/27/14) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and worked his way around a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Phillies. He has converted 46 of 50 save chances, with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 60 2/3 innings of relief.
Craig Kimbrel delivers 44th save Wednesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/17/14) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 44th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.
The coleader in the National League in saves, Kimbrel hadn't pitched since giving up a run one week ago in a non-save situation, but the Braves were able to end a five-game losing streak Wednesday. He owns a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 88:25 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.
Craig Kimbrel records 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(9/6/14) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and needed 14 pitches to retired the side in order in the 10th inning to record his 43rd save of the season Saturday night against Miami. Kimbrel has converted 43 of 47 save chances, with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 56 innings of relief.
Craig Kimbrel saves No. 42 Wednesday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(9/3/14) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel saved his 42nd game Wednesday against the Phillies.
Kimbrel entered with a three-run lead, and was able to close the door. He had to work around a leadoff walk, but that wasn't an issue. After getting the first out on a lineout, Kimbrel induced a game-ending double play. He has a 1.64 ERA this season.
|2014 summary: Craig Kimbrel continued to dominate in 2014, his fourth straight season with more than 40 saves and more than 90 strikeouts. His 1.61 ERA and 0.91 WHIP were actually his highest in three seasons, but they still ranked third and eighth among full-time closers. Not surprisingly, he himself ranked second among closers, behind only Greg Holland, in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie leagues.|
Playing time status: Kimbrel missed a couple of appearances early in the year with a sore shoulder, which was responsible for his only real rough patch of the season. He had a 1.33 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings over his final 55 Braves appearances -- numbers more in line with his previous two seasons. He hasn't had any other physical issues over the first four-plus years of his career, and as the universally recognized best closer in baseball, his job security is as good as it gets for the role.
2015 outlook: With the emergence of Holland, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and, to a lesser extent, David Robertson and Sean Doolittle, Kimbrel no longer stands out among closers like he once did, but he's still the most proven and reliable of that group and the one who'll be drafted first in Fantasy. Still, with the elite tier growing in size, any earlier than Round 6 for the No. 1 option is probably reach.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/4/15||NYM||1:05 pm|| |
|3/5/15||@ DET||1:05 pm|| |
|3/5/15||TOR||7:05 pm|| |
|3/6/15||WAS||1:05 pm|| |
|3/7/15||DET||1:05 pm|| |
|3/7/15||@ NYM||1:10 pm|| |
|3/8/15||@ HOU||1:05 pm|| |
= probable start