Braves trip Cubs despite Jeff Samardzija‘s 13 strikeouts
Luckily for Hudson, the hard-throwing Samardzija began having control problems, and theAtlanta Braves took advantage of the situation.
“You know you’re not going to get much against a pitcher like Samardzija,” Hudson said. “He was throwing some cheese in there.”
Braves quotes after Sunday’s 5-1 victory over Cubs
On B.J. Upton batting leadoff
“Sometimes it takes a little different part of the lineup to give you a mental break. He’s done it before so he feels comfortable up there, obviously. I don’t know if that’s just coincidence because his at-bats were getting pretty good in the fifth hole. We will see tomorrow if Simmons is OK, which he should be. You guys tune in and see where he hits tomorrow.”
On the strikeouts
“We don’t worry about the strikeouts. That’s everybody else around that looks at the batting average and the strikeouts. When it comes down to it, it’s about run production. You can strike out 20 times and as long as you get a good outing from the pitcher and a three-run bomb, you won the game”
On getting on track
“It’s a long season. It was just a matter of time before it happened. Being the competitor that I am, I would have liked for it to happen a bit sooner. I’ve got things in a good spot now and the main thing is to try to keep them where they are at and be as consistent as possible.”
Pitcher’s Stare Is Menacing, but Fastball Is Feared More
It cannot be detected by a radar gun, and it would not make sense to a physicist. But to the sharpened eyes of a major league hitter, one pitcher’s 98-mile-per-hour fastball can behave much differently from another’s. And when that pitcher is Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves, it does not seem fair.
“It’s weird,” said Justin Upton, the Braves’ new outfielder. “Some guys have a softer-looking 98 or 99. But his is explosive. It has extra life to it. It gets to the zone, and it almost looks like it speeds up. It’s got a little extra gear to it.”
“His stuff is truly electric out there,” Wright said. “You don’t see too many guys throwing 98, and you definitely don’t see too many guys that make it look as easy as he does, with the life. And it’s not like he’s 7 feet tall out there.”
Kimbrel is listed at 5 feet 11 inches but appears smaller, especially on the mound. When he looks for the catcher’s sign, he bends at the waist and leans forward, with the ball in his glove on his left knee and his right arm hanging by his side, as if cuddling an invisible St. Bernard. Then he unleashes unprecedented fury.
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