Kimbrel ties Smoltz's franchise mark of 154 saves in Braves' win
As part of Atlanta's victory over the Miami Marlins, closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 154th career save for the Braves, tying John Smoltz's all-time franchise mark.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel (15 saves in 2014) retired two Marlins batters in the 9th -- with multiple runners on base -- to record his 154th career save.
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By StaffFOX Sports South
Craig Kimbrel has only been in the big leagues for four calendar years, but he already owns a piece of Atlanta sports history.
On Saturday, as part of Atlanta's never-dull victory over the Miami Marlins, Kimbrel earned his 154th career save for the Braves, tying John Smoltz's all-time franchise mark.
Kimbrel has been an elite-level reliever for the Braves since breaking into the majors on May 7, 2010 (age 21), posting the following career numbers: 1.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 154 saves.
The three-time All-Star (2011-13) and 2011 National League Rookie of the Year is on his way to another stellar campaign in 2014, tallying a 1.82 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 37/9 K-BB rate and converting on 15-of-17 save chances.
A viable candidate for the baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, Smoltz (1998-2009) amassed 213 wins and 3,084 strikeouts over 21 MLB seasons. But as a means of recuperating from major shoulder and elbow surgeries, Smoltz moved to the bullpen and served as the Braves' closer from 2001-04.
Smoltz is the only pitcher in major league history to collect 200 victories and 150 saves.