Braves’ Medlen has 12 strikeouts in complete-game win

His scoreless streak was snapped at 34-2/3 innings in the seventh, but one glance at Kris Medlen warming up before the eighth told Braves catcher David Ross that he was about as relaxed as a pitcher could possibly be. Typical for Medlen.

“He was, like, dancing to some song,” Ross said, smiling and shaking his hips to show the subtle movement Medlen gave him during Monday’s game. “Some ‘80s song they were playing, he was out there dancing between innings. I love it.”

If Medlen was relaxed, Colorado hitters were not. Medlen threw a five-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts and no earned runs in a 6-1 win against the Rockies in the opener of a four-game series at Turner Field.

He continued his resounding success since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation while extending a franchise record to 18 consecutive wins in games started by the right-hander. The last team to win as many as 18 consecutive starts by one pitcher was the 2001 Yankees, who won 20 in a row by Roger Clemens.

“I was getting some calls early, hitting my spots,” said Medlen, who is 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA and two complete games in seven starts since moving to the rotation, and has 21 strikeouts with no walks in 17 innings over his past two starts. “Just go out there and try to be aggressive and make your pitches. Rossy called a great game.”

After ending a three-game losing streak when Chipper Jones capped a five-run ninth-inning rally with a three-run walk-off homer Sunday night to beat the Phillies, the Braves kept the momentum going by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Monday. They added four runs in the third and watched Medlen carve up hitters all afternoon.

“It was a dominant pitching performance on their side,” said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, whose team had hit .304 while winning 14 of its past 20 games before Monday. “His changeup was terrific, and he was able to use his curveball against right-handed hitters.”

The Rockies didn’t advance a runner until the fifth inning and scored an unearned run in the sixth when shortstop Paul Janish made a throwing error to second base after diving to field a Jordan Pacheco grounder with a runner on first and one out. The ball rolled into right-field foul territory and Carlos Gonzalez came around to score from first base.

It was only the second error in 47 games for Janish, and the first run of any kind against Medlen (7-1) since the second inning of his Aug. 10 start against the Mets, four starts ago. His was the longest scoreless-innings streak by a Braves starter since Greg Maddux had one of 39-1/3 innings in September 2000.

Medlen still hasn’t allowed an earned run in 37-2/3 consecutive innings or a homer in 48-2/3 innings.

“You’ve got a guy trying to make a play behind you,” Medlen said of the scoreless streak ending on an unearned run. “I wasn’t angry. He’s the reason I even have that scoreless streak. He’s made unbelievable plays for me the entire season. When you’ve got a guy busting his tail to make a play for you, how can you be mad?”

A day earlier, Janish was voted the major league defensive player of the month for August by an ESPN.com panel.

“I was aggravated to an extent for not making the throw,” Janish said. “But it all honesty it’s a tough play just to get to the ball. I know [second baseman Martin] Prado’s thinking double play, and I’m trying to get rid of it as soon as I can just to have a chance at it. It’s just one of those plays.

“It’s unfortunate that it got away and went down the line and allowed him to score. Obviously you don’t know what’s going to happen thereafter, but the way the game unfolded it looked like he might have been able to have another shutout.”

The Brave got scored six runs in three innings against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood (4-4), who allowed only three hits but walked five batters. Ross had a two-run double in the third inning on a fly ball that severely hooked in mid-air, turning around center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Medlen, who threw a career-high 111 pitches Monday, has a 0.23 ERA during a five-start winning streak, with 41 strikeouts and two walks in 39-1/3 innings. On Tuesday at San Diego, he allowed five hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in eight scoreless innings against a Padres team that hit .326 in an eight-game winning streak before facing him.

“He’s got as good a control of a lot of his stuff as anybody right now, there’s no doubt about it,” Janish said. “He’s freezing guys with every pitch. It’s not just heaters, it’s not just change-ups. He’s doing it with all of them. I mean, everything’s in the zone.

“The first time through the lineup, their guys were taking pitches. Then the rest of the game they have to swing early or they’re behind in the count. He’s just super-aggressive in the zone. It’s fun to play behind him because things are happening fast.”

The Braves believed that Medlen would thrive in the rotation, but nobody thought he’d be quite so, as Jones put it, “Maddux-esque.”

“I would be lying to you if I said I expected this,” Gonzalez said. “But when we talked about it in spring training, we knew that once he was in the rotation, it was going to be difficult to get him out of the rotation. He’s proven us right.”

Medlen is 12-2 with 3.08 ERA in 25 career starts, including 11-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 starts since the beginning of the 2010 season.

He has allowed five or fewer hits in all but one of his seven starts this season, and allowed one or no walks in all but one. All while keeping the brim of his cap flat – the popular style in his native Southern California – and keeping teammates loose in the clubhouse and dugout, even on the days he pitches.

“I’ve never seen somebody as loose as he is before he pitches,” Braves center fielder Michael Bourn said. “It’s like, ‘Is he pitching today?’ But that’s how he goes about his business, man. You do what you want to do before the game, and hey, we’ll be in the field to back you up… We’ve been having pretty good pitching all the time. But yeah, man, he goes out there and he makes it happen.”

Bourn agreed with Janish about how much fun it was playing behind Medlen.

“No. 1 thing is, he works fast,” Bourn said. “You love playing behind somebody that works quick, and he does. He works very quick. It seems like he’s a step ahead of what he wants to do, that’s what makes him work quick. Most of your good pitchers work quick. Look at [the Phillies’ Roy] Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole [Hamels], they don’t take a whole bunch of time on the mound. Those type of pitchers, they know what they want to do and that’s how they dominate.”

82 comments Add your comment

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
7:18 pm

Janish needs to buy Medlen’s dinner for making the error.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
7:45 pm

jerry

September 3rd, 2012
7:54 pm

Freddie,”proved him right” my ass. He should have been in the rotation a month earlier.

duchebag

September 3rd, 2012
7:57 pm

ffffffffffffffirst!!!!!!
Uh, I mean, let me see 1,2,3… THIRDDDDDD!!!!!

BartBuzz

September 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

Medlen is the man right now. None of the other starters come close.

BartBuzz

September 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

Medlen is the man right now. None of the other starters come close.

Sean McDonough's Bald Head

September 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Great to see Medlen dominate again. This is the guy to pitch a one game playoff ! Nice to see Uggla sit. His quotes are stunning. It’s like he’s in denial. No big deal huh Dan that you are hitting .207 ? It’s a BIG deal to everybody but you ! You had 3 months to get your sheet together.

Richard Nixon

September 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

This kid is just a gamer… I love watching this guy attack hitters. Who needs a Doc when you got Meds?

PaulG

September 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

So Jerry, what are your qualifications to be a big league manager?tou know exactly when to put a pitcher in or pull him from the rotation?

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

I agree on Medlen. Delgado is not answer for Hanson. Anybody that walks a pitcher and then gives up a grand slam does not earn a shot at anything but a boot out the door.

RoyU

September 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Great to see them win today but I take exception to one of our announcers throwing flowers to Fredi for the way he handled Medlen this year and basically giving him credit for Medlen’s success. The anouncer could be right but I believe he was very wrong. Kris could have and I believe “should have” been given the opportunity to start ASAP after spring training. This guy has shown nothing but positives since arriving with the Braves and Fredi or no one other than Kris deserves any credit for it. Medlen deserves better than he has received to date from Fredi!!!!

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
8:18 pm

Medlen is an elite pitcher and his weapon is control. I have not seen another pitcher since Maddux with the control Medlen is showing. Back on his last long relief appearance in July, the way he pitched was such a sharp contrast with the other pitchers on the roster that it was very clear where he needed to be.

I have to believe putting him in the bullpen for long relief was simply a matter of limiting innings in the early part of the season so that Medlen would be able to handle the rest of the season — a Steven Strasburg in reverse.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
8:19 pm

@ROYU Medlen was coming off of Tommy John. They were being very careful with him.

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
8:29 pm

I wanted to think about this a few hours, but having done so, what I want to write about Uggla’s quotes after getting benched remain exactly the same as what I wanted to write when I first heard the quotes. Uggla should have said something like this:

“Skip (Fredi Gonzalez) called me in and told me I was getting benched and would not start for perhaps the rest of the season. He’s shown a tremendous amount of patience in giving me many chances to work my out of of this prolonged slump, but it just hasn’t worked out. My duty now is to work with Walk (Greg Walker) and get my swing back where it needs to be in order to help this team win and go forward into post-season.”

That is what Uggla should have said. A lot of people have written that Uggla is a good man. What he said could have been worse than what he was quoted saying, but considering the huge risks to his own career Gonzalez has taken to stick with Uggla as long as he has, I think Uggla should have shown a better appreciation for his situation and his failure to support this team with the bat as he is being paid for.

Nerdville

September 3rd, 2012
8:34 pm

I’m suppose to get excited because they finally won a couple of games? Whoopee. Forty year old broken down Chipper Jones had to bail them out to avoid getting their butts swept by the Phillies.

Medlen should have been in the rotation a long time ago. The truth is the two Nitwits, Wren and Fredi, kept him in the pen.. or at Gwinnett.. because he didn’t fit their “profile” of a modern day pitcher.

Jay

September 3rd, 2012
8:44 pm

I’m not buying any of the coaching staff saying this was planned or Medlen is proving them right. PLEASE!!!

They got LUCKY, he fell into their laps. If Jurrjens doesn’t melt down, and if Beachy stays healthy, then Medlen is still in the bullpen, period. Plus, you know the Braves would have revealed this plan if it had been actually, ya know, planned from the start.

John w

September 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

Well said Ken. I’m going to go a little further. Uggla is an un appreciative over paid moron. He should have been benched weeks ago. No other manager in the big leagues would have kept running him out there. Look at your batting average, you’re dead last Uggla !! Keep your mouth shut and enjoy the bench, that’s where you belong.

John w

September 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

Well said Ken. I’m going to go a little further. Uggla is an un appreciative over paid moron. He should have been benched weeks ago. No other manager in the big leagues would have kept running him out there. Look at your batting average, you’re dead last Uggla !! Keep your mouth shut and enjoy the bench, that’s where you belong.

Terry

September 3rd, 2012
9:07 pm

Career high 111 pitches a year after surgery… why? Take it easy on the young man.

Carl Farvman

September 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

You can tell by looking at Uggla that he is a doofus. Perhaps we should trade him straight up for a starting pitcher….perhaps Verlander or Sabathia.

krismedlen

September 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

If there were a 1-game playoff between the Braves and whoever is next in the wild card coming up later this week, who would you start, me or Tim Hudson?

David Perrins

September 3rd, 2012
9:12 pm

Medlen is our ace. Yeah, pretty much Maddux. PS what ever happened to Jorge Campillo? I loved that guy – the Mexican Maddux with the wicked change.

All I'm Saying Is...

September 3rd, 2012
9:14 pm

Re-sign Michael Bourn (and tell him it’s ‘…work quickly’)

All I'm Saying Is...

September 3rd, 2012
9:15 pm

Farvman: You are a doofus if you think the Yankees or Tigers would take Uggle for Sabathia or Verlander.

LET’S GO BRAVES!

So?

September 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

Where is @chas???? He has been on here twice lately to announce the season is over after the Braves “epic collapse.” i am so tired of whiners like him who disappear after a victory and show up only to share their glee at the demise of FG

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

Medlen proves he belongs in the pen with every start…

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 3rd, 2012
9:24 pm

Chas definitely has anger issues….

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

So, it really does not make sense to some of you that a pitcher with the Tommy John 160-180 inning limit would not be put in long relief to limit those innings vice reach the limit by mid-September?

Considering that it is happening with Strasburg not only am I believing it, but another key difference is that the Braves kept it off the media radar scope, thereby avoiding a media focus on it — hence controversy.

Contrast that with the Nationals’ GM, who went on formal record prior to the start of the season, and had Washington not contended for the division, it would not have been a blip on the radar scope. But, the longer the Nats went leading the division, the more of a controversy it became.

For the Braves, the controversy was mild and all at the beginning. Instead, we heard euphemisms such as “send him down and stretch him out a bit,” when the plan was in play the whole time. In retrospect, I have to give the Braves front office, manager, and pitching coach, credit for doing it this way.

It was very interesting to hear comments from both Fredi Gonzalez and Kris Medlen, both confirming this was the plan the whole time. Gonzales just came out and called it the reverse of Steven Strasburg, and Medlen added that in his view there was strain from warming up in the bullpen.

Strasburg gets one more start, maybe two at the most.

Medlen goes the whole way, and in to October as far as the team can go.

Won’t know until the end of the year, but the adage in baseball is to make the post-season by hook or crook and you never know. A lot of teams have gone into the playoffs via the Wild Card and won it all. So, that’s the way it is. Winning the division is nice — gives you a better thing to hang up in your stadium. But, ultimately the difference is one extra game with the Wild Card.

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

So, it really does not make sense to some of you that a pitcher with the Tommy John 160-180 inning limit would not be put in long relief to limit those innings vice reach the limit by mid-September?

Considering that it is happening with Strasburg not only am I believing it, but another key difference is that the Braves kept it off the media radar scope, thereby avoiding a media focus on it — hence controversy.

Contrast that with the Nationals’ GM, who went on formal record prior to the start of the season, and had Washington not contended for the division, it would not have been a blip on the radar scope. But, the longer the Nats went leading the division, the more of a controversy it became.

For the Braves, the controversy was mild and all at the beginning. Instead, we heard euphemisms such as “send him down and stretch him out a bit,” when the plan was in play the whole time. In retrospect, I have to give the Braves front office, manager, and pitching coach, credit for doing it this way.

It was very interesting to hear comments from both Fredi Gonzalez and Kris Medlen, both confirming this was the plan the whole time. Gonzales just came out and called it the reverse of Steven Strasburg, and Medlen added that in his view there was strain from warming up in the bullpen.

Strasburg gets one more start, maybe two at the most.

Medlen goes the whole way, and in to October as far as the team can go.

Won’t know until the end of the year, but the adage in baseball is to make the post-season by hook or crook and you never know. A lot of teams have gone into the playoffs via the Wild Card and won it all. So, that’s the way it is. Winning the division is nice — gives you a better thing to hang up in your stadium. But, ultimately the difference is one extra game with the Wild Card.

NIte Owl

September 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

Dear Kris Medlen:

Thank you for being awesome.

That is all.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 3rd, 2012
9:32 pm

good game by meds. time to trade uggla in the offseason.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 3rd, 2012
9:35 pm

also pack hanson, jurrjens, delgado, & hinske. you can roll with hudson, medlen, sheets, malhom, beachy for next year.

PaulG

September 3rd, 2012
9:56 pm

The issue with uggla has been resolved in a rational way by fredi & wren…..the braves have a very long history of being very patient – maybe too patient. – with established players. Cox was reasonable or notorious , depending on you position, in this regard….fredi models his behavior …..in any case, the time has come to sit uggla
It is easy being an armchair QB….but put yourself in fredi position…. A proven high priced player….big investment….likely to pull out of it…his WAR stats even for most of the year are ok….they are a fine predictor of a players value & have been passable………dump him early & fredi feels the heat from above….
I also think missing Simmons has hurt the team more tha ugglas mediocrity
Aye

Let's Go

September 3rd, 2012
10:17 pm

Carl Farvman @ 9:10

Maybe the Tigers will throw in Miguel Cabrera too.

BravesWin

September 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

Watching Medlen pitch is like seeing a great guitar player in the groove…the guitar almost plays itself…

reality

September 3rd, 2012
10:37 pm

whether limiting innings for Medlin is a good idea or not is NOT the point. There have been plenty of other pitchers to return from TJ and not have such a limit. Actually the Strasburg thing is the first I have heard of a team shutting down a non-injured player as a pre-emptive. The point is the Braves brain trust trying to claim they planned this all along. These guys sent him to Gwinnett to stretch out, and then what? stuck him back in the pen because they found Ben Sheets and Jurrgens pitched 3 good games. Freddie and Frank did not plan this. If Beachy doesn’t go down and Hanson on the DL there is no Medlin in rotation. Meds is in the rotation in spite of management, not because of them – he forced the 6 man rotation because of his performance. Even after he began lights out, there still was debate as to who would go to the pen. Come on Stallings… Even you can see this, right?

PinkSlip

September 3rd, 2012
10:41 pm

OK Fredi, you, Paul Janish/Tommy Hanson pack your shizzle, you guys blow. McCann you should not be snickering you @ss is gone too. Wren, i will need the keys to your office and your company car as well. Frank, you and Fredi brought us Uggla, Kawakami and other clowns..This gets old, I dont want Bobby back either, Loyalty is sports sucks…..Remember when Mark Richt started Joe Tereshinski 3 sticks over a new guy named Mathew Stafford until 3 sticks got hurt…Really, This stuff gets old

Jlew

September 3rd, 2012
10:57 pm

It will be almost impossible to trade Uggla and his huge contract in the offseason. I can’t see them paying a large portion like they did with Lowe. Maybe we can bribe San Diego to let Headley go for Hanson and Uggla. I believe he is from Tennessee so he probably grew up a Braves fan.

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

If Hanson and Jurrjens pitched lights out the whole season, then Medlen does not get his shot. But, that’s because the Braves aren’t going to remove a hot pitcher from the rotation just to give someone else a shot. Medlen was already back in the rotation before Maholm came over. Sheets was pitched in the same rotation as Medlen. So, I don’t see the logical connection there.

The three pitchers who flammed out were Jurrjens and Hanson. Delgado suffered a minor injury and performed poorly at times. But, that doesn’t mean the initial decision was made for this reason. I certainly don’t believe either Wren or Gonzalez needed to pull an excuse out — certainly not because a group of bloggers complained!

harry taylor

September 3rd, 2012
11:37 pm

Great news. Braves beat a last place club. What is next????????

Who Me?

September 3rd, 2012
11:42 pm

We’ll take the win all day long, but let’s be realistic here – we beat the Rockies. This doesn’t come close to the Nats or the Giants or even the Phillies based on the pitching we just saw. My question is why doesn’t this team play this hard in every game?? We ARE a wild card team. I’ve seen ‘em go all the way and I’ve seen ‘em flame out in the first postgame series. We need a fully-healed Simmons back at short and Uggla is just going to have to get used to not playing every day – alot of days.

Not sure Maholm stays in the starting rotation going forward. Will be interesting to see the lineup changes the remainder of the month as management tweaks the card. My suspicion is our biggest problem of the post-season, should we indeed hang on and make it this year, is FG’s in-game management. Tough to win on the road, even tougher when you have to outplay your own manager’s mistakes.

Brandon

September 4th, 2012
12:57 am

@Who Me? Maholm will stay in the rotation. He had a 2.45 ERA in 5 starts since joining the braves and the 2nd best ERA in the NL since the all star break(before the last bad outing)It would be unreasonable to remove him from the rotation.

gotigers72

September 4th, 2012
1:24 am

21 Ks and zero walks for the last 2 games and 41 Ks and 2 walks for the last however many games. SHEESH! Best pitcher on the planet at the moment.

Note to other Braves’ pitchers; Can you not see what great control and keeping the ball CONSISTENTLY at the knees can do for you?

Question for Uggla; Give me an HONEST answer as to why you should be in the lineup most days. There are ZERO reasons for you to be in the lineup. You are not a better hitter than anyone in the NL, nor a better fielder than anyone that takes your place. Why don’t you STFU, give your ego a rest and care more about the name on the front of the jersey than the name on the back of the jersey. You are not even a good utility player since you came to the Braves.

You can’t fault Wren, because you had good stats with the Marlins, and even not so bad stats last year, but this year has been a train wreck for you. So find you a nice place somewhere on the bench, and be grateful for the occasional pinch hit appearance. Maybe next year you can find an AL team to take you as a DH, and Prado can go back to the position where he belongs. What an arrogant man you are.

Keith

September 4th, 2012
1:33 am

Fredi said that Medlen was on a pitch count Like Strasburg and that’s why he hasn’t started yet.

I call BS….well somewhat anyway.

They weren’t sure he was going to be a starter…he was a reliever, then brought down to stretch out, then back as areliever, and then a decision to make.

It wasn’t about pitch counts, even though that played a small role…it was having too much pitching (or so we thought) at the start of the year.

GO BRAVES :)

j-brave

September 4th, 2012
1:41 am

FYI: the AJC.com link to this article says “MELDEN’s run continues as Braves beat Rockies.” Might wanna fix that

[...] The rest of the article can be found here: Atlanta Braves [...]

DawgDad

September 4th, 2012
2:23 am

This garbage about the Braves wisely managing Medlen’s innings in contrast to the Nats handling of Strasburg has now reached ESPN. It’s really no surprise to me the Great Sports Propaganda Machine has grasped hold of this. It’s one thing to listen to Chip Caray and Joe Simpson blather the company line, but the Great Lie is getting way out of hand now.

The Braves farmed Medlen out to open a roster spot (with the cover excuse “to stretch him out”), then threw him back in the bullpen when they called him back up. The time he was in AAA there were two or three games he could have easily “stretched out” several innings in long relief, and considering the alternatives at the time parking Medlen in AAA was a mistake, pure and simple (this isn’t hindsight; I posted as much at the time).

I was at the game Sunday, and I’m a bitter-ender so I was there for the fireworks. The Braves for all the world looked and played like a team in the deep throes of a collapse; errors, mental errors, managerial mistakes, one after another, all game long. I’ve been following MLB for fifty years and I can’t recollect a comeback in a regular season game with a bigger emotional impact. I told my family in the first inning, “Down 5-0 with Hamels pitching, it’d take a miracle to win this game”.

Davey Sprocket

September 4th, 2012
2:58 am

@reality and @kenstallings – you have it wrong on Strasburg. Strasburg is a STARTER, period. He is not a reliever, never was a reliever, and Nats’ management was not going to try to make him one, just to monkey around with his innings. It is also obvious that you do not pay attention, because LAST YEAR the Nats did the EXACT same thing with Jordan Zimmerman, who was being held to 160 innings or so after TJ surgery, and was shut down, pre-emptively, for his own good, etc., after 162 or so innings. It worked, as he was leading the NL in ERA as recently as a couple of weeks ago.
The Braves do not deserve any “credit” for handling Medlen, as he even said “it’s not easy on the arm” to be jumping up to warm up, on random nights, and “maybe” get into the game(s). Since Franki and Fredi saw how an intelligent organization did things, they tried a cheap attempt to copy. Too many holes in their story, and the execution of the “plan” was completely ridiculous. Admit it.

jerry

September 4th, 2012
6:49 am

Hey Paul G, just my opinion. Just like Paul G,s everybody has one.

longtimefan

September 4th, 2012
6:51 am

At the start of the season the Braves had Hudson, Hanson, Beachy, Minor, JJ and Delgado with Teheran waiting in the wings. Medlen was coming off TJ surgery without pitching for 13 months. He had very limited starting experience in the majors. FG and FW went with the more experienced starters and quickly pulled the plug on JJ and Delgado. If they had put Medlen in the starting rotation since ST he would not be pitching in September. Look up his career stats. His max innings pitched in any year, including the minors, is around 100-110. You don’t ask a guy coming off TJ surgery to go from a career high 110 to 200 plus. If some of you do you don’t know baseball or TJ surgery. And I don’t think anyone knew Medlen would be this dominant.

longtimefan

September 4th, 2012
7:05 am

And give FG a little credit-he did bench Uggla and JJ is not on the team. Those are tough decisions. Most managers don’t easily bench their star players, and like it or not, that’s what Uggla is. He is one of the very top right handed HR leaders in MLB over the last 7 years. Despite his anemic BA his OBP is not bad. Also his HR and RBI totals are among the leaders for second basemen. He hustles and is a great clubhouse guy by all accounts(and yes, it does matter). So some of you master bloggers out there calling for Uggla’s head, it not as cut and dried as just looking at the BA. Was it time to bench Uggla now?-probably so. Should he have done it 1-2 months ago, I don’t think so and I doubt many MLB managers would have done so. FG could lead this team to a 110 wins and a WS and some of you would still be calling for his firing. Makes no sense. Knee jerk. Irrational. Band wagon jumpers.

PaulG

September 4th, 2012
7:12 am

Hey, Jerry, that’s cool…you admit it…btw, mine was a factual question, not an opinion

Lil Wang

September 4th, 2012
7:53 am

Uggla shoulda been benched in July.

alex

September 4th, 2012
8:08 am

Don’t think FG made decision about Uggla, FW did the trade and could not accept that he had been DUPED again. His ego finally took a back seat-thanks. ? to ask: is a .265 , 30 hr , 2nd baseman with minimal range worth 13 million a year ?

Let’s see, if you have a 1 game playoff do you pitch medlin or the guy who looses on a sat. night , then hangs out with his auburn buds on the sideline that evening, hmmm……

RBI

September 4th, 2012
8:48 am

Medlen is the man. I really do not see anything he does wrong as not only a pitcher, but as a player.

Fish Bisch

September 4th, 2012
8:48 am

Medlen is more important in the bullpen. Dum move by the braves.

BrandonLee49

September 4th, 2012
8:58 am

Give us a break , DOB, Freddie Gonzo doesn’t have enough sense to get in out of the rain…. Kris Medlin Should have been a Starter MONTHS before Gonzo ever figured out to FINALLY call him into the Starting Rotation, We would have Surely Been Better than the 6 gmaes we’re Out of FIRST Place… 99.9 % of EveryDay Bloggers Knew this MONTHS Ago, Stop Pandering after Do-nothing, Gonzo… and see if you can Figure out something else to write about than Bashing Dan Uggla… what has the Team Captain done lately, besides NOTHING.

Bill

September 4th, 2012
9:26 am

Dave,

Tell your editors that it’s Medlen; not Melden. Not every reader knows you don’t write the headlines!

DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions!

September 4th, 2012
10:16 am

Folks, I would love to give a tip of the cap to Medlen but folks, keep your eye on the prize. Pitchers that pitch with no fastball with oomph don’t work in October. Folks, the dominant pitcher of the Brave Choke Teams of the 90’s was a pitcher with a 95mph fastball. Folks, little midgets who pitch get eaten by big fire breathing dragons come October.

Preston Thompson

September 4th, 2012
10:23 am

Sure Uggla can be traded. Just pay the contract like they did with Lowe.

Nerdville….. the pitchers profile must fit Lowe and Hanson. Two pitchers that can’t even squat much less bend over to pickup a ball. Pitiful. A way has to be found to allow Medlen to pitch every game. Not bad for a “short” fellow. That the only chance the braves have.

Lt Col Razorback

September 4th, 2012
10:24 am

I agree with every positive post that says Medlen has great control, like Maddux had when he was in his prime. But……I think we, including me, should all keep quiet about it.

Superstitious?….who me? :)

David O'Brien

September 4th, 2012
10:28 am

Folks, little midgets who pitch get eaten by big fire breathing dragons come October. — DOB needs to ask tough questions

Here’s a tough one: Did you spend all or any part of your weekend in a Storm Trooper costume at DragonCon?

Preston Thompson

September 4th, 2012
10:28 am

One other thing. Lowe is now a $15,000,000, bull pen ornament for the Yankee’s. Not bad money to sit on your butt for 95% of a ballgame. His ERA is over 8.00 also.

mrj

September 4th, 2012
10:49 am

Medlen was and has been great as an SP since getting the ball. Much as the Nats are guarding their guy by shutting him down early, the Bravos limited Medlens innings in the early season so that he could continue to throw later in the season. That’s all there is to it. Bravos had playoff expectations in March and the Nats did not expect to be in such a position and thus took a different approach with Strasburg.
Let’s get into the real story of the game, Ross’ double to CF. What the heck? Did that thing hit an air pocket or something? Did Eddie Perez have a remote control system in the ball, guiding it from the bullpen? That kind’ve action on a baseball, I have never seen. Ever. Not even from a Niekro ‘Nuckler. Wasn’t quite the “100 feet” that Announcer Simpson (PLEASE switch Simpson with Sutton for tv broadcasts! Sutton is far better!) but there was a good 30 foot alteration of the flyball. Gotta luv Ross. But with his discomfort, last night was the time to check out one of the new guys on the roster and let him sit and heal. He’s the best backup C in the game and will be important in a couple weeks!)

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mrj

September 4th, 2012
10:59 am

p.s. Baseball may never see a farewell tour the likes of what one Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones has brought this season. Even Gwynn and Ripken were completely done by the time they left. Chipper has played extremely well this season, in exactly the number of games that were expected of him.
How many of us had to consider whether getting up off the couch at 40 yrs old was worth the effort? This guy is setting new records every week at 40! Thanks for the memories, #10.

Ken Stallings

September 4th, 2012
11:11 am

Hmmm ….

Our resident storm trooper comic guy should study a bit on baseball before his next comment.

I seem to remember the fellow who pitched a one-hit shutout to win game six and clinch our 1995 World Series trophy. He was Tom Glavine. His fastball never hit 95 mph! He was a control pitcher with an excellent changeup.

Not sure you asked him a “tough” question, David, but was an entertaining one to read!

Ken Stallings

September 4th, 2012
11:13 am

mrj,

It was more than just 30 feet of hook on that liner to center. It went from left-center and hooked to right-center. I’ve never seen a hit do that before.

Ken Stallings

September 4th, 2012
11:14 am

Actually, reverse that sequence! It hooked from right-center to left-center, but the movement was 80 feet by my estimate and I could not disagree with 100 feet!

bravesgawker

September 4th, 2012
11:14 am

Uggla is “homer happy”….he thinks of nothing else.

Memo to Uggla:
When was the last time you actually tried to drive a ball to the right side of the field, Dan?
Hitting the ball where it is pitched may save your career if you’ll just try it. You have enough
pop to hit it out in left, center and right. But singles and doubles help the team too. You do want
to help the team don’t you?…….Don’t you?

Benching Dan Uggla was overdue. Why?

U-tterly
G-uaranteed
G-ame
L-oser
A-bsolutely

BravesFanSince80s

September 4th, 2012
11:22 am

@BrandonLee49: I take it you missed the walk off homer couple nights ago?

Chas

September 4th, 2012
11:58 am

FREDI G. is not only the stupidest manager in MLB, he’s a damn LIAR. His comment, “proven us right…” What a joke! He and his buddy, Franki Wren wanted Medlen kept in the bullpen. The fans have screamed for months, to put him in the rotation. Fredi’s credibility, and his character are ZERO. We can add “LIAR” to the FREDI G. resume’. What a piece of crap!

MDBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
12:06 pm

Momentum begins with your next starting pitcher. Hanson tonite? Oh well. Hope Chipper’s in the line up or available to pinch hit again, as it will take a miracle to win this game.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

September 4th, 2012
12:10 pm

But are the rest of the Braves young pitchers watching Medlen?????

p.s. Hanson, What the kid does is simple. Work fast, don’t give opposing hitters time to adjust, be aggressive, take the game to them. throw strikes and dictate the game.

DoninAcworth

September 4th, 2012
12:30 pm

Chipper should be a spot player…very much spot… when he get’s really rested and high.
For now… pinch hitter and let him get stronger. I like Prado at 2nd okay because he can play everywhere but let him settle in please. Now, about McCann and Ross… rest McCann and use Ross for awhile and tell McCann to use his glasses.

Tumbledown

September 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

With Uggla being sent to the bench, we probably will see Ross in the starting lineup as we need some sort of right-hand presence. I am looking forward to Simmons return and hope he can quickly return to his pre-injury level.

I just hope that the many Fredi haters would rather see the Braves win with Fredi as opposed to losing so that their views can be validated. It is my impression that when the Braves lose, several so-called fans are a little too eager to engage in Fredi bashing. Of course, on the other hand, Fredi attacks seem to be launched win or lose.

Kris

September 4th, 2012
1:03 pm

Agree with Chas. Fredi G is a b.s. liar. He said he wanted to keep Medlen innings down to begin with unlike Strasburg. What a bunch of bs. He had no idea Medlen was this good. He has no clue about his own personnel. Me and other bloggers said on dob’s spring traing blog, Medlen is our best pitcher. Credit medlen for not complaining about the management yoyoing him around. Frdie G is not only the stupidest manager around but lying s.o.b. what a buncha crap. He is worse than bobby V if that’s even possible.

Kris

September 4th, 2012
1:21 pm

This is the article from ESPN. Fredi G seems to think us fans are as stupid as he is:

“It was all limits to innings,” Gonzalez said Monday when asked about the decision on Medlen’s role. “It was basically the number that Strasburg is facing right now, 160 to 170, because they both were coming off the Tommy John surgery.
“Where do we want that 160 to 170 to end? Do we want it to end in October or do we want it to end in August?”

Lobosolo

September 4th, 2012
2:31 pm

Kris. Kris, Kris…. you’re just a blubberer like the great and powerful Larrhoid… you have NO idea what goes on in the clubhouse…. NONE…. That stupid Fredi is making probably ten times your salary as on of 30 men who do his job…. sour little whiney grapes….

Lobosolo

September 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

You little miserable armchairs are so, so unapologetic when it comes to your many (and obvious) shortcomings…. y’all don’t know your behinds from third base…

SoCalMom

September 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

Hey DOB and Carroll and all: Medlen is up for the “Mane Man of the Month” for AUGUST on MLB.com. Voting is going and he is lagging behind. Lets get some Braves Support for MEDS. Everyone go and vote on MLB.com. You can vote multiple times. He has gone from 8% of the vote to 13% in last half hour.

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