"I'm at a point where I do feel good," Kimbrel said. "With every outing, I'm going to get better. I expect to get better. That's not Spring Training. That's every game that I play. That's my goal. It doesn't matter if it's here in spring or in September."
Since allowing six hits and four runs in the 2 1/3 innings over his first three appearances, Kimbrel has found better command of his offspeed pitches, and he's shown that he can battle back after falling behind in the count.
During Friday's outing, he issued Austin Krum a leadoff walk and rebounded with a strikeout. With Krum on third and two outs, Kimbrel fell behind Addison Maruszak with a 2-0 count, but got him to produce an inning-ending groundout.
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Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are the top candidates to begin the season in the closer's role. Venters, who has allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings this year, is scheduled for one inning against the Mets on Saturday.