Don’t worry about Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, he’s overdue in the mistake
category, don’t you think..? NO, he does not need to utilize his curve ball more
often, since his problem is not pitch selection, but, pitch location. With his
velocity the only chance a hitter has is a pitch at the knees, and that precisely,
is why Kimbrel is facing his first episode of sustained adversity. When Kimbrel
delivers up, around the letters, it is almost impossible for a batter to catch up, and
uncharacteristically, for whatever reason, Kimbrel has been down in the zone,
allowing the batsman a millisecond more, to just drop the bat on the pill…
AND NO, I am not less enthused than I was after week one over the composition
of this lineup, and the Braves chances for success. This club is just now beginning
to find and understand and manifest its personality. All great teams have one
outstanding characteristic, and if allowed, or I should say, if prompted to exploit
it, will find themselves difficult to beat. Obviously, this team’s unique trait is
power at the plate, and when there is a power outage, the manager is doing a
yeoman’s job of moving runners to manufacture runs.
There is one aspect of the Braves which does prompt skepticism, and that is
pitching. Can you imagine, concerned about ‘PITCHING’, in ATLANTA..? We’re not
dominant. Hudson is the ‘babe, the boy’, but on the heels of Smoltz and Maddux,
he’s different. Medlen’s control must be laser-like, and right now, he’s not locked
in. I miss Venters in the bullpen, and you can tell I’m just groveling for anxiety.
That’s what unfulfilled promises will do to a Braves’ aficionada…!
Don’t Worry…Be Happy…!