Atlanta's bullpen fatigue issue

Updated: September 20, 2011, 12:35 PM ET
By Buster Olney

I'm running short on time this morning, but here are a few quick thoughts:

1. All year, rival scouts have watched the Braves' young relievers rack up appearances, and they've wondered if and when Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Eric O'Flaherty would eventually wear down.

As of this morning, the Braves' trio ranks in the top five, among all pitchers, in appearances. Venters has 82, Kimbrel 77 and O'Flaherty 75. To put those numbers in perspective, the most outings Mariano Rivera has had in any season is 74, in 2004; the most that Trevor Hoffman had in any season was 70.