#29 – Wow. Did not see the Conrad thing. Though, I’m glad that Uggla is sitting. Seems like a great idea. Crazy scared about Conrad. Glad that Schafer is in there. Agree with Curt, would have liked Mather in there over Hinske.
I was looking at the stats of the Braves all-time saves leaders. No one else comes close to Kimbrel besides Smoltz and Wags. Sure he’s no Mariano. . . . yet, but he is doing a pretty awesome job. I do love Venters, but I don’t think Kimbrel would do as well in the eighth. He is pretty sketchy with anything more than a one run lead. He needs the pressure and thrives in it.
I think you guys are missing the point with Kimbrel. Venters is better, I don’t think many people would argue that. However, we have to be able to get to the 9th inning and the braves bullpen, as it stands now, has a lot of has bens and never will bes. Venters can go multiple innings if need be and that’s why he has to be in the set-up roll. He can give you 1+ innings of great pitching in turn giving us a save opportunity where Kimbrel can bring the gas. Moving Kimbrel to set-up just adds more inconsistency to the early innings of the pen.