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Braves Bullpen is Backbone of Team

Posted By Bill Furey On Jun 14 2010 @ 10:05 pm In Atlanta Braves | No Comments

The Atlanta Braves now own not only the best record in the NL East, but the entire National League at 37-27. It is still relatively early in the season, but Braves fans should be ecstatic, I know I am. Atlanta’s pitching has truly been the backbone of their team thus far. Listen, with all the hype pitchers like Halladay, Jimenez, Strasburg, Lincecum etc get (rightfully so), the Braves staff is as consistent as it gets. Just taking a quick look at the Braves box scores for the past 2 months can paint a pretty big picture for the teams success. Rarely do you see an opposing team put up more than 3 runs against this top to bottom staff.

I think it is about time I gave some props to not only Atlanta’s starting pitchers, but there dynamite bullpen. Peter Moylan has been a mainstay posting a (3-1) record and a 3.51 era. The sub marine chucker from the land down under (Australia) has proven to make big pitches in big situations on a regular basis. Kris Medlen (4-1) 3.23 era has done a little bit of everything for Atlanta this season. The 24 year old right hander has thrown 61.1 innings this year from both the bullpen, and as a starter due to the injury to Jair Jurrgens. His 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio is absolutely brillant, and he is only getting better. Eric O’Flaherty has been a left handed mastermind coming out of the pen this season by posting a (2-1) record with a staggering 2.10 era. This guy punches out left handed hitting like it’s his job….Oh wait it is!¬† O’Flaherty is designed specifically to get Ryan Howard down the stretch of the season. I will admit I may have been wrong about Billy Wagner from the get go. Wagner is currently relaxing at 4-0 with a team low era of 1.42. Billy is still pumping some of the nastiest pitches I have seen from any closer in a long time. He is consistently blowing up radar guns around the league at a whopping 98 mph. Wagner has 11 saves in 13 opportunites.

The start of inter-league play has been kind to Atlanta so far by taking 2 of 3 from the Minnesota Twins. There biggest challenge awaits on Tuesday against the red hot, first place, Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1 doesn’t look too promising for Atlanta as Kenshin Kawakami takes the mound with a record of (0-8) against former number 1 pick David Price¬† (9-2) 2.23 era. Home field might give Atlanta the boost they need to prove to the rest of baseball that they truly belong.

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