Jul 14 9:39a
Avilan threw a scoreless eighth inning against the Reds on Saturday, extending his streak of consecutive scoreless appearances to 22.
He's benefited from a .179 BABIP, which seems likely to rise, but there's no denying Avilan's value to the Braves this season. With the club's top two lefty relief arms (Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty) both undergoing Tommy John surgery early into the season, Avilan has filled the void more than adequately. The 23-year-old is sixth in the National League in holds with 14, and he leads the team in appearances with 43.