Kimbrel should continue to excel

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has been outstanding his first two full seasons in the majors, closing out 88 games and striking out 243 batters in 139 2/3 innings since the start of the 2011 season. And the Braves aren’t expecting the 24-year-old closer to let up. “I look for him to do the same thing he’s done the last couple years,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, per “You don’t have a crystal ball in front of you, but here he is. If he can do this for a 10-, 12-year career span, he’ll be up there with some of the big names and closers, you know, the [Mariano] Riveras and [Trevor] Hoffmans and those type of guys. Maybe a little longer than 12 years, but I don’t look for him to do anything more really. He keeps getting better because he wants to get better.”

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