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  1. But Dave said I wasn’t as good as Chapman.

    Comment by Craig Kimbrel — June 29, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  2. Craig Kimbrel is strong like bull.

    Comment by Joel S. — June 29, 2012 @ 9:48 am

  3. The story-within-a-story here is that another pitcher is doing something even more remarkable. Those unbelievable K percentages are the rarefied territory of great relievers – Kimbrel, Rivera, Lidge, Dibble, Percival, the aptly-named K-Rod – with the exception of one starting pitcher who, powering his way through 5-7 innings at a time, is managing to strike batters out at near-record rates too. Stephen Strasburg is on a historic pace too.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 29, 2012 @ 9:51 am

  4. Put it this way: if Strasburg maintains his current K rate over his career, and pitches the same number of career innings as Roger Clemens, he will end with 6,320 strikeouts.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 29, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  5. That’s quite the pace. He should slow down, to avoid chafing. Amirite, SeidBurner?

    Comment by HORSE 440 — June 29, 2012 @ 10:03 am

  6. He looked good against chris young last night

    Comment by Jason — June 29, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  7. Braves fans all so sensitive?

    Comment by nik — June 29, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  8. Durrrrr

    Comment by Luke M. — June 29, 2012 @ 10:44 am

  9. Oh, this is some BS! I may only have 114 career IP under my belt, but my K% of 41.2% is negligibly lower than Kimbrel’s. Unprecedented my ass.

    Comment by Kenley Jansen — June 29, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  10. Kimbrel the best.

    Comment by Ben Duronio — June 29, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  11. Precedent is a chronological thing. So Kimbrel is unprecendented, but Jansen will be barely-precedented.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 29, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  12. That’s a big if, granted, but WOW.

    Comment by Ian R. — June 29, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  13. /head asploded

    Comment by juan pierres mustache — June 29, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  14. Not exactly.

    Comment by Stare Decisis — June 29, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  15. i know this has no relevance to reality at all, but if kimbrel pitched that many innings at this pace, he would finish his career with about 8,347 strikeouts.

    Comment by chiefglockandhummer — June 29, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  16. I think part of the point here is that if you asked a casual non-Nationals fan who Stephen Strasburg is they’d know and not be shocked he was on such a pace. Average non-Braves fan has never heard of Kimbrel.

    Comment by deadpool — June 29, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  17. It’s sarcasm.

    Comment by ChopMaster — June 29, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  18. Dude, shut up. It wasn’t even a save situation, just trying to get us to the bottom of the 9th with the top of our order due up. I’m sure you or any other reliever in baseball can have a better career than Kimbrel.

    Comment by ChopMaster — June 29, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  19. someone is butthurt

    Comment by Eric — June 29, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  20. passive aggressive sarcasm?

    Comment by nik — June 29, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  21. Yeah he gives up a run every six weeks douche. That was the first run he had given up since May 4th.

    Comment by Scott — June 29, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  22. like Jose implied I didn’t even know that a student able to earn $4512 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this web page(Click on menu Home more information)

    Comment by BarberRusseldd — June 29, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

  23. I’d be incredibly surprised to find that 24 year olds who are regular in MLB bullpens improve over time. I’d be surprised to find they even hold steady for 2-3 years before falling off a cliff. Not a knock on Kimbrel, but I really suspect that the idea that he stands to improve is spurious.

    Comment by cpebbles — June 29, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  24. Nope, every story has to be about Strasburg or Harper. No exceptions.

    Comment by TKDC — June 29, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  25. I like the excitement that Strasburg has brought to the game. But there is no way that he pitches as many innings as Clemens. At his current pace, I think he has 2 maybe 3 years before his body starts breaking down on him.

    Comment by v2micca — June 30, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  26. Unfortunately, I have to agree. Guys like Rivera, who just stay dominant for decades at a time are all too rare. As a Braves fan, I’m just trying to enjoy Kimbrel’s historic run while it lasts.

    Comment by v2micca — June 30, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  27. Someone needs to look at those 10 Rivera rookie season starts, and see how he did in the first inning of each. Just to be fair.

    Comment by old enough to know better — June 30, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  28. “us?” when did you get called up?

    Comment by jim — July 1, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  29. Rivera is more amazing for what he’s done since Age 30 than for anything else. Lots of guys get off to great starts for their careers…very very few put it in another gear after Age 30 like he has done.

    Comment by NEPP — July 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  30. like a Belgium Blue Bull (not implying steroids and genetic alteration, just freakish strength).

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 3, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  31. This article is an exercise in fun and exciting statistics (as is a majority of sports writing). It does not claim to know how Craig’s career will turn out, and it is certainly not saying that he’s already had a better career than the likes of Mo. It’s merely pointing out how ridiculous his pace thus far has been. 42.7% K/PA is pretty ungodly, I must say.

    Comment by 7IHd — July 7, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  32. So he hasn’t walked a guy since May 15th……18 straight appearances, 3 hits, 1 run(Chris Young getting the head of the bat on a 99mph fastball down the middle), 31 K…….

    Comment by Undocorkscrew — July 8, 2012 @ 2:38 am

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