By Matt Snyder
The back-end of the Braves bullpen has been touted as the best in the majors several times this season by yours truly. The only real concern for the pair of All-Stars has been workload, as both are on pace to be among the league leaders in appearances and innings pitched for relief pitchers.
On Monday, CBSSports.com had the chance to talk with the two young pitchers about workload, slight slumps and the late addition of Kimbrel. Of note there, Venters flew out after Sunday's game with Brian McCann and Jair Jurrjens. Kimbrel didn't find out until it was too late and he had to fly alone a bit later.
The video of Kimbrel is cut-off, naturally, as the battery on the flip phone ran out. Fear not, we were collecting his quotes.
On the workload issue, Kimbrel said his arm has felt pretty much the same all season. He still feels strong and doesn't think he'll falter as the season continues.
"We're relief pitchers, we're made to throw four to five times a week," he said.
On the slight slump Kimbrel had before getting incredibly locked in of late, he simply said, "That's just baseball," disputing the common sentiment at the time that he was tired. It's hard to argue, as Kimbrel hasn't allowed a run in his past 14 appearances, a stretch that includes 10 saves and 22 strikeouts against only three walks and three hits.
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