It’s no secret that Craig Kimbrel has been one of the game’s most dominant closers ever since he came up in 2010.
He’s won a Rookie of the Year Award, two Reliever of the Year Awards, has been an All-Star eight times, and won a World Series championship in 2018.
Now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kimbrel remains one of the best closers in all of baseball, and he is off to a good start in 2022.
He has posted a microscopic 1.35 ERA and saved five games.
His fifth save, which came last night against the San Francisco Giants last night, tied him with Joe Nathan for eighth on the all-time saves list with 378.
He also has a chance to catch and pass Dennis Eckersley, who is seventh on the list with 390 saves.
Craig Kimbrel moved into a tie with Joe Nathan for eighth on the all-time saves list tonight at 378. Has a chance to pass Dennis Eckersley (390) for seventh by the end of the year.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 4, 2022
Passing A Great
Kimbrel has had a successful career.
Without a shadow of a doubt, he is one of the greatest closers the game of baseball has ever seen, and he continues to grow his legacy with his dominance out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
Anytime a closer passes another pitcher on the all-time saves list, he shows what he is made of and how tough of an at-bat a hitter is in for when he faces said closer.
Kimbrel has always had that bulldog mentality on the mound and is not afraid to make a hitter feel uncomfortable.
After some difficult years with the Chicago Cubs, Kimbrel appears to be back in full force and has returned to his old self, the dominant closer we saw with the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.
We’ll see if he’s able to catch or pass Eckersley.