Craig Kimbrel Was Extremely Nasty – Almost Too Nasty – Saving the Cubs Win (VIDEO)

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Craig Kimbrel Was Extremely Nasty – Almost Too Nasty – Saving the Cubs Win (VIDEO)

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Among the good news is that Craig Kimbrel’s velocity was solid last night, bouncing back into his more typical 97ish mph range after a couple outings closer to 95 mph. It was worth watching, and still is I suppose, but given his offseason, a longer ramp-up seems appropriate.

The less good news is that the command is still not quite there for a guy who usually has pristine pitch location. It was better last night – he was really targeting the upper part of the zone well with his fastball – but he did walk a guy and hit another. Again, I’m not so much worried about it, given where he is in his process.

And now for the really good news: even without pristine command, Kimbrel still struck out three batters and looked comically nasty in the process:

Good lord that knuckle curve is something else. Willson Contreras couldn’t even catch that last one – thank goodness it was Jose Abreu – and the HBP was another ridiculous one:

On the whole, Kimbrel netted a whopping five swinging strikes on 19 pitches, and another five called strikes, too. If that’s a rough command outing, it was a crazy good one.

(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.