K is for Kimbrel, who’s racking up the strikeouts

Craig Kimbrel has been largely unhittable this season – his .119 opponents’ batting average leads all major-league relievers – but he’s almost untouchable of late.

He has 67 strikeouts in 40 innings and has recorded 59 of his past 102 outs via whiff. Entering Sunday he was third in strikeouts among National League relievers behind Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (96) and Dodger Kenley Jansen (72).

Kimbrel said having better command has helped him not only keep his walks down but see the strikeout total go up.

“The strikeouts are just coming with getting ahead of hitters and throwing it a little bit out of the zone where they can’t hit it,” Kimbrel said.

He struck out 127 of the 306 batters he faced last year (42 percent) and led all major league relievers in strikeouts. But Kimbrel said he’s felt like he’s been in even better command of his pitches this season.

“I’ve been able to determine if I’m going to throw it at the bottom of the zone or at the top of the zone or even out of the zone,” Kimbrel said. “Of course there are pitches where I’m way out for the most part, but for the most part, I’ve been able to control my pitches. Not just say ‘I’m going to throw in this one spot,’ but ‘If I miss I’m not going to miss here, I’m going to miss here.’”

Etc.

Left fielder Evan Gattis is expecting to return from the disabled list early this week in Double-A Mississippi, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Gattis impressed this spring in major league camp and then continued to do so hitting 13 home runs in 37 games combined for Single-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. He’s been out since mid-May with a wrist injury.

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Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

Waiting 4 D Haters

July 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

Matthew 19:30

Runner-

July 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

Nats lose, Braves win!! Here we come!!

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

I didn’t post that “First” comment. I don’t do that nonsense. But I guess it does it automatically????

Anyway……you can see now why the Braves did not try to convince Wagner into not retiring a couple of years back. Kimbrel….when not overworked….Freddy!!!….is down right unhittable 99 percent of the time. I just hope he stays healthy for a bunch of years……until the Yankees sign him to a 200 mil FA contract for their pen,,,, that is…..

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

Where are all the Philly fans…….5 straight division titles does not equal 14 straight….does it? Have run fighting the Marlins and Mets for last place this year. The call from the Phillies owner went out a few minutes ago to the Phillies GM……”SeLL…..SELL…..SELL……HURRY UP…..SELL!!!”

old brave, retired

July 29th, 2012
4:55 pm

We need Gattis in Left and Prado at 2nd. That would be our best line-up. Medlen has to be our starter. Jair needs some help, but I don’t think he is major league material at this time. All we have to do is find that special type of reliever that Medlen was. That will be difficult. I think we should be Martinez, O’flar, and Kimbrel for our 7, 8, and 9th innings. Peace, Old Brave, Retired.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

@Mr Tampa Gator Are they going to sell anybody to us?

eskippy

July 29th, 2012
5:00 pm

I don’t think you retired from baseball.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

So the last shall be first, and the first last..for many be called but few chosen. (many are called, but only a few choose to heed the call).
this not refering to baseball @4:36..this is refering to the church and Israel. Matt 20;16
Go Braves and keep winning and you will be first.

gcs

July 29th, 2012
5:03 pm

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
5:05 pm

5 are 14 don’t have nothing to do with now. The past is the past. Just do it NOW! Go Braves….

JC Boscan III

July 29th, 2012
5:07 pm

Gattis is a hot hitter even in rehab games – batting .500 (6-12) in the Gulf Coast League.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
5:07 pm

@ Mr Yogi Berra Any trade rumors floating our way?

Florida is the liver of the US

July 29th, 2012
5:15 pm

Automatically?????????????????????????????

The only worse than Tampa is the State of Florida.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
5:17 pm

MLB last night reported that Braves are talking with Rays about a pitcher…they are still looking for bench RH hitter. I don’t really expect anything. I pray its not Dempster because I like Delgado.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
5:19 pm

Thank you Mr Berra. I was just curious. Been gone all day and hadn’t heard.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
5:21 pm

@5:15 whats that all about.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
5:22 pm

Are you Amber Whiskey Rivers great niece? Where is Whiskey he has not been on blog lately?

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
5:28 pm

Yes Mr Berra. You are correct. I am his grand niece. He does not want to come back because everytime he does, they ask about Samantha. He has got proof but nobody believes him. Also he is SICK with the big C word. I hope I did not upset you,but you asked.

Denny Lemaster

July 29th, 2012
5:40 pm

On another AJC article, it was talking about Ugly and why he is still out there. Freddie gave a bunch of worthless excuses. The main reason Ugly is still on the field is $60-plus MILLION DOLLARS they have vested in this worthless player. He has basically stunk it up for two season now. The one period at the end of last year when he actually got above the Mendoza line and now this mess. He will play because they have all those millions tied up in him. At least when he makes an out he is striking out and not hitting into double plays. Think of the out cry if those 120 k’s were 120 hit into double play inning killers!!! Simply put, the Braves are STUCK with him. Even if they could git rid of him, they will not nothing in return and have to eat 99% of that stinking contract. Another FAILURE by management of this team.

TexanBrave

July 29th, 2012
5:51 pm

Nats…………”Never Say Die” mentality seems to be real………Davey Johnson doing a heckuva job…….Brewers bullpen (including Livan pitching BP today…) worst in baseball……….

The proof is in the post

July 29th, 2012
5:53 pm

@Tampa Gator. I guess our eyes are deceiving us and we are mistaken when we read the ‘first’ post!

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Okay, I did it and felt embarrassed afterwards and that is why I denied making the post!

The proof is in the post

July 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

No problem, Tampa, everyone is allowed a mistake every now and then!

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
5:59 pm

Is it hot in H-Town Mr Gator?

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
6:01 pm

Rays 2 LAA 0 in 8th..

There is a 1st for everything..

Amber I have no hard feelings for Whiskey are you..life is to short for that crap.

BUGGSY

July 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

SHAME on you Tampa just pure SHAME…Oh and 24th!!!LOL

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

@Mr Berra The doctors give him 6 mos at most. I will tell him that you wish him well.

The Duke of Flatbush

July 29th, 2012
6:20 pm

Philadelphia Phillies fans have been giving ATL a hard time about attendance. Let’s see how dedicated Phillies fans are next season, as it becomes clearer that the Phillies are going to stink for the foreseeable future. I really enjoy beating the Phillies.

Braves need a right handed bat, not another pitcher.

bruce

July 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Doctor Kimbrel

The proof is in the post

July 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

When Uggla finally gets going, watch out National League!

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
6:42 pm

Nats won’t LOSE!

64 year Braves fan

July 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

Young center fielder Cunningham hitting .320 at AA Missisippi. He is a switch hitter. Doesn’t strike
out much. Not much power. A singles, double hitter. How does he fit into future plans?

Bobby Cox

July 29th, 2012
7:16 pm

Glavine, Smoltz, Maddox, and Kimbrel in the pen. How many rings would I be wearing now????

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
7:29 pm

@ Mr Cox Answer-NONE

ijudgenot

July 30th, 2012
8:39 am

I don’t know when this kids contract is up but Wren should offer him a major extension right now. This kid is the next righthanded Wagner. Do it now Wren because teams like the Yankees know his worth and will be offering MAJOR bucks wait until the year his contract ends.

bobby

July 30th, 2012
8:48 am

How does Chapman of Cincy have 96 K’s? Does he do long relief?

Claude Raymond

July 30th, 2012
8:52 am

It’s Monday. Although the Marlins are being dismantled, are your ready to be 0-13?

jim

July 30th, 2012
9:20 am

Is Gattis a catcher or left fielder?

lee maye

July 30th, 2012
9:28 am

Gattis is just coming back from 2 months off. He did play yesterday at MS. He is not ready to come to the big leagues yet. One would assume he will finish the year at MS, maybe get a Sept callup, but most likely head to the AZ Fall league to catch up on the 2 months of missed time. I don’t expect him to be an A Brave until maybe a spring training audition. Hopefully, Gattis won’t be included in any deal by Wren. ?That would not be a good idea for a 2 month rental. Nor, would including Delgado when Braves may be one and done in a 1 game Wild Card playoff, especially if it is on a Monday.

Gattis is a catcher by trade, learning to play LF. He has played LF less than 10 games.

David O'Brien

July 30th, 2012
9:29 am

Is Gattis a catcher or left fielder?

He was a full-time catcher, but since that position is blocked in Atlanta and Braves like his bat a lot, they began playing him in left field early this season (before his wrist injury) to see if that could help get him to the majors faster.

Wes H

July 30th, 2012
9:34 am

While I’m frustrated with Uggla, a team can’t see the future. If he was delivering what he did before he came to the Braves, it’d be one of the best deals ever. We needed that power hitter. So I don’t think signing him was a mistake, but they’ve got to do something to force him to turn it around. If you can send a pitcher down, you can send him down(unless he’s out of options, nor really sure how that works) I think Uggla is a jock with a big head, and sitting in the minors might do him some good

chas

July 30th, 2012
11:18 am

sending stuggla to minors would not hurt and if it did not help, then bite the bullet and release him. either one would HELP THE TEAM

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