The Braves made a mistake in thinking one-year wonder Dan Kolb, whom they obtained from the Brewers in December, could close games for a contender. He strikes out too few batters: 5.7 per nine innings in his career.
This is an article from the May 30, 2005 issue
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox yanked Kolb from the role last week and will search for a replacement among Adam Bernero, John Foster, Kevin Gryboski, Chris Reitsma and Jorge Sosa. Cox has taken his team to the playoffs with a stopgap closer before, employing Juan Berenguer, Alejandro Pe√±a, Mike Stanton, Greg McMichael, Kerry Ligtenberg and John Rocker on past NL division champions. --Tom Verducci