Craig Kimbrel passes John Smoltz for save record with Braves

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Craig Kimbrel recorded four outs against the Diamondbacks last night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona to finish off a 5-2 victory for the Braves. This particular save had a little more meaning than usual, as it was the 155th of his career, surpassing John Smoltz for the franchise record.

You can watch Kimbrel’s appearance below:

Smoltz established the previous record during his stint in the bullpen from 2001-2004. Kimbrel has only been in the majors since 2010, so it didn’t take him long to vault to the top of the list. He saved one game during his rookie season, 46 in 2011, 42 in 2012, 50 last season, and 16 so far this year. Still just 26 years old, he figures to take aim at the likes of Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera on MLB’s all-time saves list if he can remain healthy.

Kimbrel has compiled a 1.41 ERA and 419 strikeouts over his first 254 appearances in the majors. He owns the lowest ERA and strikeout rate (15.14 K/9) in MLB history among pitchers with at least 240 innings pitched. Saves are often a function of good teams, so Kimbrel has been fortunate on that end, but he has had a historic start to his career.

The Mets are doing something really weird with Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey

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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are going to give Noah Syndergaard the start for tomorrow’s game. But here’s the hitch: he’ll only get one inning and then Matt Harvey will enter in the second inning and go from there. Harvey was originally scheduled to take the start. Syndergaard, of course, has been out since April. Harvey has been pitching under the loosest definition of the term.

I can see, if they are intent on putting Syndergaard in a real game, having him start one rather than come in out of the bullpen for purposes of preparation and routine. At the same time, however, if he’s only able to throw one inning at this point, with a little over a week left in the season, what’s the point of him pitching at all? As for Harvey relieving: he’s kind of a mess right now. Is he someone whose routine you really want to throw off?

I guess this doesn’t hurt anything — at least as long as Syndergaard doesn’t hurt himself throwing in a meaningless game at the end of the season — but it certainly is odd. It makes me wonder if this is some sort of “Dave” or “Moon Over Parador” situation in which the Mets are just trying to create the impression that Syndergaard is still alive.

Could Kevin Klein pitch an inning? Richard Dreyfuss?

Girl hit by foul ball at Yankee Stadium has “a long road ahead”

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There are few details about the toddler who was hit by the foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, mostly because of patient confidentiality considerations. We are learning a little bit in drips and drabs, and it’s sounding like the child was very seriously injured.

While Joe Girardi said the other day — likely innocently speculating based on third-hand information — the the kid was “OK,” the New York Posts spoke to an anonymous family member of the child who makes it sound more serious:

“She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his name, at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

That could mean any number of things, but it’s hard to escape the conclusion that, whatever situation she’s in, the injury is a significant one.

As we’ve noted in the past two days, several teams who have been non-committal have come forward to say that they will now add additional netting to their ballparks. It’s a shame it took a serious injury to a child to get them to finally come to their senses, but thankfully they are, in fact, coming to their senses.