When you think of the Atlanta Braves bullpen, the names Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden and Luis Avilan are probably some of the first ones that come to mind.
David Carpenter is trying to change that.
The 28-year-old right-hander is often used as the club’s long reliever, but the word “long” could also be an appropriate term to describe how well he has performed this season, given that he has been pretty much lights-out for a long time.
Coming into Monday’s game with the Colorado Rockies, Carpenter had compiled a 2.02 ERA while striking out 39 and walking 14 in 36 innings of work. He had allowed runs in just four of his 25 appearances — giving up two runs each time.
The Morgantown, WV native, who somewhat resembles the aforementioned Kimbrel, has earned more and more trust from Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez as the season has progressed, which has resulted in him picking up a couple of wins in late-game situations as well.
“I’m just glad I’m getting an opportunity to go in and try to help us win, whether it’s being behind a few runs, trying to hold the team where they’re at and giving us a chance offensively to bust open,” Carpenter told Eric Single of MLB.com. “This offense, it’s definitely got that potential to have the huge inning, and you never know when it’s going to come”.
Carpenter has certainly been making the most of his opportunities, no matter when they come.