• The Second Guess: Should Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez have used Craig Kimbrel in Game 4 against Dodgers?

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Oct 9, 2013
    The Question: Instead of Carpenter, should Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez have used closer Craig Kimbrel, reputed by many to be the best relief pitcher on the planet, for a six-out save by bringing him in during the eighth? Getting six outs certainly isn't something Kimbrel is used to attempting. The Case Against: In his career, Kimbrel retired six batters in a game exactly one time in Game 2 of the NLDS 2010 against the Giants, when he wasn't the team's closer and Bobby Cox still was Braves manager. But I'm not second-guessing myself with any of those decisions, starting Freddy Garcia or not bringing Kimbrel in for two innings." Carpenter came into the 2013 season with a 5.70 ERA and a healthy strikeout rate in two seasons with the Astros and Blue Jays, but his career wasn't amounting to much before e joined the Braves. His team ahead by a run in the bottom of the eighth, Atlanta setup man David Carpenter hung a changeup to Juan Uribe, who clobbered it way over the fence in left for a go-ahead two-run homer.
    Source: yahoo.com
    • Fredi stands by decision to save Kimbrel for four outs

      Given time to think about all that transpired in Monday's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sticks by his decision to not give closer Craig Kimbrel a chance to record a six-out save or preserve the one-o…
      Source: MLB.com
  • What Did Craig Kimbrel Say To His Bullpen Coach? We Asked A Lipreader

    Much criticism has landed on Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez since the Braves' miserable exit last night from the National League playoffs. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, the game's best reliever, was warm and ready in the bullpen, but Gonzalez says he nev…
    Source: deadspin.com

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