The Bullet Version Of Monday’s MLB Games + Craig Kimbrel Is Filthy!

Season high 7 game winning streak - including 3 straight walk off hits at Nats Park.  They hold a 6 game lead over 2nd place Atlanta, and the Nationals haven't even hit full stride with several key players not maximizing on their talent level.  With a weaker NL East schedule down the stretch, they just may hold home field advantage by season's end in the National League.

Season high 7 game winning streak – including 3 straight walk off hits at Nats Park. They hold a 6 game lead over 2nd place Atlanta, and the Nationals haven’t even hit full stride with several key players not maximizing on their talent level. With a weaker NL East schedule down the stretch, they just may hold home field advantage by season’s end in the National League.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Erik Kratz smacked 2 HRs and now has 23 HRs in just 472 AB.  Thats a HR for every 20.52 AB or would equal about 29 Bolts in a 600 AB campaign.  The guy is 34 so that is not likely to happen… but smart move on KC’s part to bring him in.  Beats the alternative for what they had.

Washington is starting to heat up, and if you play them into late and extra innings, any of their hitters can beat you right now.  This does not bode well for Atlanta.

Everybody just back off of Trevor Rosenthal, as all young relievers go through this.  Besides what is a season if the Cardinals didn’t changeup their Closer at least once…

Everyone also needs to take a chill pill on the A’s missing Yoenis Cespedes so much it has destroyed the unity of the offense.  Teams go through stretches where they don’t play well.  It is just 17 games of a sample size so far.

Nate Freiman with 2 measure tape shot blasts in Atlanta on Sunday Night, also homered on Saturday night.  Claimed off of waivers from Houston (under the terms of a Rule 5 Draft) Freiman may end up being the 1B of the future for Oakland.  The 6 FT 7 framed (formerTeam Italy player), has launched as many big flies in 2014 as he did in 2013 already, in just 47 AB.

Nate Freiman with 2 measure tape shot blasts in Atlanta on Sunday Night, also homered on Saturday night. Claimed off of waivers from Houston (under the terms of a Rule 5 Draft) Freiman may end up being the 1B of the future for Oakland. The 6 FT 7 framed (former Team Italy player), has launched as many big flies in 2014 as he did in 2013 already, in just 47 AB.  Freiman has 8 HRs and 35 RBI in his 237 MLB AB – and holds a .744 OPS mark.  Numbers sure to climb if he is given more playing time by Bob Melvin,

Speaking of Oakland, Nate Freiman may just be the latest beast Billy Beane has found.  Kind of like the GM finding power from Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson and Chris Carter in recent years, this guy may be the latest. His 2 bolts in Atlanta traveled damn far.,.

Kansas City has quietly been putting its offensive act together with several guys contributing right now.  Billy Butler since moving to 1st Base, Nori Aoki and Josh Willingham/Erik Kratz have been welcomed with open arms with their recent jacks.  With a lockdown Bullpen and a wicked rotation, these guys just may be playoff bound.

Relax Blue Jays and Rays fans…With the O’s winning another game last night, it has solidified their stranglehold on the AL East.  But at least the Yankees didn’t reset their “Luxury Tax” Penalty – thus wasting the A-Rod salaried relief suspension gift.

Blog forthcoming on this one, but is helps Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Boston in the Division for the next 3 seasons, because the “Bronx Bombers” are already at $171 MIL for 16 players next year, and are not guaranteed any of the SP of the 2014 Opening Roster will be there to throw in 2015.

The “Pinstripers” will have to wait out the CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez deal’s before they will be competitive again, which is after 2017..  But good job going for it this year fellas!

It is a good thing the Pirates will have Andrew McCutchen back Tuesday, because they are about 10 games from a season toe-tag.  Yet another blog coming soon about the team not spending enough cash in 2014, and they better pony up in 2015..They lost their 5th straight last night before they had a chance to hit once.

Can you imagine how good the Angels would be if they had the 2010 versions of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols?  This Halo’s team has the best 1 – 9 lineup in the game right now, and I was dead wrong throwing dirt on them last year.

I was still right on them striking out, placing Raul Ibanez as a #4 hitter earlier – and of course giving crap for their Bullpen last December, but back then it was warranted.  Since that time, Jerry DiPoto has changed it around.

The Reds are now done in the NL from what I have seen in the last 3 games.  Teams are getting to their Bullpen, and the bats are not lively enough this campaign.

Maybe the fans will give a break to Joey Votto now, considering they are 27th in OBP – without him drawing as many walks being out of the lineup.

Atlanta seems to be a much better ballclub when they hit Jason Heyward at the leadoff position.  The guy is at a .351 OBP, just leave him there, and don’t be afraid to pull the plug on B.J. Upton this year either.

Also, Craig Kimbrel has been filthy again in 2014, and maybe the 1st modern day pitcher to have a career ERA under 2.  His 1.80 ERA in 2014 has actually raised his career mark from 1.39 – 1.46 now.  That is pretty damn awesome.

BTW.. There are only 3 pitchers ever to have an ERA under for 2 in their career.  Kimbrel would qualify for 1st ALL-Time if he served enough Innings.  He will need to make it 1000 IP for his career, and he has just been in 277.2 frames so far.

Career ERA Leaders (1000 IP MIN) Years Of Service (In Parenthesis)

Nice…Mariano Rivera holds the Reliever mark of 2.209, and Kimbrel is so far ahead of his pace right now.  You must recall that MO’ also played in the crux of the steroid era, and in the AL, where offense is just about a quarter of a run better.

Whatever the case, Kimbrel is setting a historical clip thus far.

Craig Kimbrel is one of the best young closers in baseball. He has saved 175 games  for the Braves over the last since the start of the 2011 season, (leading the league in each season).  Astoundingly, his Career ERA after 277.2 IP logged is a miniscule 1.46 ERA.  If he can hold down his stuff - and make 1000 IP, you could see a new ALL - Time ERA king.

Craig Kimbrel is one of the best young closers in baseball. He has saved 175 games for the Braves over the last since the start of the 2011 season, (leading the league in each season). Astoundingly, his Career ERA after 277.2 IP logged is a miniscule 1.46 ERA. If he can hold down his stuff – and make 1000 IP, you could see a new ALL – Time ERA king.  The 26 Year Old RHP has fanned 15.0 batters per 9 IP in his career – also yielding just a 0.905 WHIP.  Kimbrel is signed with Atlanta through the 2018 season.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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