Braves quotes after Monday’s win against Rockies

**FREDI GONZALEZ

Any discussion on whether to have Medlen pitch the ninth

“I told Roger, I go I’m running him back out there. Roger goes, ‘OK, run him back out.’ We felt pretty good that he could finish that inning. And his pitch count was low. I think he ended up with 111 pitches so no, no discussion at all. The only thing I was contemplating, was when we had bases loaded two outs and his spot came up, whether to pinch hit or not pitch hit that’s why we had O’Flaherty going in case I wanted to go get some more runs.

“But Med was great. He didn’t walk anybody. Pounded the strike zone, a career-high strikeouts for him. It was nice to go out, pitch today and win the game after yesterday’s game. Keep the momentum going. I still don’t know how we scored six runs on two hits, but they didn’t give us a chance to swing the bats. I think that first pitcher walked four or five. We capitalized on some of their errors which is nice to put a crooked number up.”

Nice to see Ross’ double, since he’s ailing? (sore side)

“He’s battling with that thing but he’s managing it. I can’t wait for you guys to leave and go watch the film. I’ve never seen a ball do that in center field. I’ve seen knuckleballs, but I don’t think that ball knuckled. I’ve never seen a ball do that stuff. It was amazing. Francisco nice RBI single there. We kept the line moving and capitalized on some of the base on balls and some of their errors. Medlen was terrific today.”

Compared to some dominant runs you’ve seen, like Josh Johnson when you managed the Marlins, Medlen not overpowering guys but is similarly effective

“He’s doesn’t have that 96 mph sinker but he commands it both sides of the plate with all his pitches. And he’s got about four, if you count the cutter and the two-seamer that comes back on lefties, his devastating change-up he throws to both sides. And then his curveball now that he’s starting. I didn’t see [the curve] as a reliever because coming in for two innings it’s hard to establish four pitches. Now that he’s been starting, you start seeing that curveball getting better and better.”

On back-to-back wins as you get on into September

“It was a good start yesterday with Chipper’s walk-off and now with Medlen a complete game, just keep going.”

Medlen better than you could have expected?

“I would be lying to you if I said I expected this, what is he now 7-1 and dominating? 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.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On career-high strikeouts, but scoreless-innings streak snapped

“I don’t even look at the numbers. I just try to worry about that inning, that batter at that point. The numbers are what they are, you just go out there and try to be aggressive and make your pitches. Rossy called a great game. I have no complaints.”

On scoreless-innings streak ending on the error by Janish

“You’ve got a guy trying to make a play behind you. 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?”

On strikes/balls ratio

“I’m happy that they were located. You could throw 30 strikes and get hit 30 times, too. It’s just the effectiveness of the location and worrying about that.”

On taking advantage of generous strike zone

“Baseball has been like that since you’re in Little League. If you’re around the zone they may give you an inch. I thought it was a great zone. I was being aggressive…. He [the umpire] is the one in charge of making the calls. Like I said, just try to be aggressive.”

On success since move to starting rotation

“I know how I am as a pitcher. I know how competitive I am, and when I put it all together I think I can get results, the kind of results I want. Did I know it’d be this kind of success? Not quite. Did I think I could do it, yes. But did I expect it? Not really.”

On success in early innings today

“I keep talking about pounding the zone. I was getting some calls early, hitting my spots. They were being pretty patient the first time through also, which I think helps me out. But at the same time, if they’re swinging, I can try to mix up [pitches].”

On what he likes about starting

“It’s just a chess game. The second time through, the third time through, you can just pitch them completely different. It’s helped turn around my season, being able to start and being able to be competitive and set guys up. My strikeout numbers are up, I know that for a fact.”

**DAVID ROSS

On his two-run double with extreme mid-air hook

“It just took a left turn. That was the nastiest slider that’s ever come off my bat, that’s for sure.”

On Medlen’s pitching run since move to rotation

“He’s really good. He’s been a good pitcher. He was a good pitcher two years ago; before he got hurt he was one of our best pitchers. He’s got more experience now. When you’ve got three pitches you can locate for strikes, it’s going to be tough for the opponent to get too many hits. You’ve got to credit the defense. They played good behind him. Freddie Freeman made some great plays, Michael Bourn ran some balls down. Paul Janish, Francisco at third. All around good team win.”

On how loose Medlen is

“He was, like, dancing to some song one time in the eighth inning. Some ‘80s song they were playing, he was out there dancing between innings. He’s just a clown, and I love it. Because that’s how I think.”

On what’s made Medlen so good as starter

“He puts the ball where he wants, and if you can do that as a pitcher you’re going to have a lot of success. Especially if you’ve got more than one pitch with movement. Today he had two or three breaking balls in play. We didn’t throw nearly as many change-ups as we normally do. He just was spotting his heater, and we seem to score some runs for him. When we do that, he’s going to go out and be aggressive.”

On Medlen’s curveball, which he rarely used as a reliever

“It’s getting better. It’s a good curveball. It ain’t the best curveball I’ve ever caught, but it’s an an average big-league curveball, and when you have an above-average located fastball with movement, and an above-average change-up, it’s going to make his curveball even better, as a hitter. You’ve got three pitches from him, both sides of the plate. You can’t eliminate anything from him. Me as a hitter, if you try to eliminate a side of the plate or eliminate a pitch – this guy’s got good fastball location but he can’t throw a slider for a strike, or something else – you try to do that as a hitter, and you can’t do that with Med. There’s three pitches in his repertoire that he can throw.”

On how much fun it is catching him

“It’s unbelievable. Me and Mac, when he [Medlen] comes in laughing…. It’s like, [as a catcher] I can do whatever I want, call whatever I want. We gave up a hit to the third baseman second time through, and I said, hey, you threw a great pitch, middle-away where I wanted it. I just thought … I should have called a different pitch. That was my fault. He probably could have had two less hits if I’d have called [different pitches]. Sometimes you get to thinking, oh, they’re not going to hit him. Then you get too aggressive almost. But we had the lead and I’d rather err on the side of aggressive when you have a lead like that.”

Going back to the dancing, was he actually on the mound?

“He did this [shakes hips slightly]. It was some ‘80s song and I just started laughing.”

An indication of how relaxed he is?

“Yeah. He’s relaxed and a fun guy, but he’s focused. His head’s not in the clouds. He’s relaxed but he’s focused. He doesn’t take himself or this game too seriously, and he knows himself. If he got all stressed out he probably wouldn’t be as good. He likes to have fun out there and he’s a pretty focused. You see him in here on the day he pitches, doing his homework, going over hitters. He’s got a plan and he’s going to execute it and give you a really good chance to win.”

**PAUL JANISH

On the error that let in run to snap Medlen’s scoreless streak

“I was aggravated to an extent for not making the throw. But it all honesty it’s a tough play just to get to the ball, and then we’re trying to … I know 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. I mean, it’s a tough play.

“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. But it’s hard to get too upset about that because it was difficult play to start with. But obviously you aspire to make it. It’s tough. He did a great job to not the other guy score [two strikeouts with runner at third].”

Enjoyable to play behind Medlen?

“I mean, he’s got as good a control of a lot of his stuff as anybody right now, there’s no doubt about it. 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.”

MICHAEL BOURN

On Medlen

“He’s got four pitches that are good enough where you can’t just sit on a pitch. And he’s smart. I think that’s the best thing about him, he’s smart. He’s looking at a hitter and paying attention real detailed to what he’s doing, where if [the hitter] is sitting on something he can tell. He threw the third baseman three fastballs in his first at-bat. He was like, I’m going to make him hit it. Threw three of them right by him.”

On 12 strikeouts for a pitcher who’s not overpowering

“It’s not always about hard you throw. You see that right there. He pitches off his fastball, but he’ll use his other pitches, too. I don’t think you can just sit on one thing. He has a game plan going in and he utilizes it.”

On how enjoyable it is playing behind him

“No. 1 thing is, he works fast. 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 [Phillies’] 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.”

Look forward to Medlen’s starts?

“We’ve been having pretty good pitching all the time. But yeah, man, he goes out there and he makes it happen. I just hope he continues to have success.”

On how relaxed Medlen is before and during games

“I’ve never seen somebody as loose as he is before he pitches. It’s like, ‘Is he pitching today?’ But that’s how he goes about his business, man. Nobody has nothing to say about it. You do what you want to do before the game, and hey, we’ll be in the field to back you up.”

**Rockies LF CARLOS GONZALEZ

“He threw a lot of changeups and curveballs for strikes. He got ahead early in the count and really kept us off-balance.”

**ROCKIES manager JIM TRACY

“It was a dominant pitching performance on their side. His changeup was terrific, and he was able to use his curveball against right-handed hitters.”

– quotes compiled by David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers

52 comments Add your comment

Birdhair

September 3rd, 2012
5:32 pm

good managing lately by FG

JHarber

September 3rd, 2012
5:37 pm

Great game by meds, I also applaud Fredi for benching Uggla maybe this will wake him up and he start listening to Walk.

myke hawk

September 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

2 wins this month.. almost catching up to last season’s september win total

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
5:41 pm

Hello Mr JHarber That game was kind of give to us,but we’ll take it. How about Mr Medlen? He looks better and better each game.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

Thanks DOB for the quotes.

Kris “Special K” is awesome. I well remember Maddox, and Kris brings back those memories. I hope he can continue to thrive.

GO BRAVES!!!

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

Hey Mr Ouack Ouack How are you? How about Mr Medlen? He is a great pitcher. XOXOXO

JHarber

September 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

Amber– meds has been nothing short of great, I think from here forward you will see a better team on the field. I? live real close to Uggs to he needs to sit awhile.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
6:13 pm

Hey Amber Girl…I’m great, thanks for asking, and yeah Mr, Medlen is “Special K” ;=) I hope you are having a nice Labor Day.

bravesfan

September 3rd, 2012
6:14 pm

Nice. Keep that kid in the rotation long term.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
6:17 pm

Hey Amber Girl…I’m great, thanks for asking. Mr. Medlen is awesome. I call him “Special K”

I hope you are having a nice Labor Day.XOXOXO Back Atcha!! ;-)

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

I am having a great labor day. Braves win and NO SCHOOL. School Sucks. Braves rock. Why are they bringing up more pitching? Don’t we need more hitting? Just curious.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

HAVE YOU TAKE YOUR”MEDS” TODAY??

Oregon Brave

September 3rd, 2012
6:19 pm

Now we know. The Irresistible Force (Braves always win with Medlen) beat the Immovable Object (Braves always lose on Monday) today. What a great job. Go Braves.

Just Pateeeee

September 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

After ending last night with tears in my eyes for Chipper’s very special performance, today was icing on the cake for a Braves fan. I actually scared our two rescue dogs last night when Chipper hit that home run due to my clapping, jumping, etc. They’re Australian Shepherds so they immediately came to my side to try to “herd” me because I wasn’t “acting right”. ;-)

Just Pateeeee

September 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Oregon Brave

How strange! I never thought about today being Monday and whether they were playing “socks up” or not.

JHarber

September 3rd, 2012
6:25 pm

I only have one complaint today. That is 30 days late on lineup change, But better late than NEVER. Meds is just what this team needed. He’s a Bull Dog.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

More pitching never hurts, especially if you look at our aces here lately. I don’t trust Tommy, and every now and then Tim comes out like he did last time. Maybe if we give “Special K” some of what Melky was taking, he could just pitch out the rest of the season. I know he is having lots of fun. (kidding!!)

Just Pateeeee

September 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

I want to believe that this month’s start will be the “counter” against last year’s Sept. collapse. In other words, am hoping this will be totally different for them.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
6:31 pm

@ Mr JHarber Why are they bringing up more pitching? I think we need more hitting. We have enough pitcing. Don’t we have someone in minors that can help with scoring more runs?

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
6:33 pm

@MrJHarber and Mr Ouack Quack,, Got to make store run for mom. back soon. Hope this holds you both XOXOXOXOXO.

JHarber

September 3rd, 2012
6:33 pm

Just insurance right now. We have very little hitting in the minors right now

Just Pateeeee

September 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

“Mr. Harber and Mr. Quack Quack

Make sure those XOXOXOXOXO’s “hold” you, OK?

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

Yeah we really need to hit. Today, 6 runs on 2 hits!! Go figure. I forgot about today being Monday, and a win. I guess they forgot too!!

ohhhhYEAH

September 3rd, 2012
6:43 pm

@Oregon Brave

I believe the phrase you’re looking for is “unstoppable force…”

ohhhhYEAH

September 3rd, 2012
6:43 pm

@ Oregon Brave

I believe the phrase you’re looking for is “unstoppable force….”

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 3rd, 2012
6:48 pm

The problem with Medlen starts….. they are followed by Hanson starts.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
7:15 pm

Sweet Amber is back. Just Pateeeee What is your problem?

BRAVESFAN

September 3rd, 2012
7:16 pm

I didn’t even realize it was Monday! So is tomorrow Hanson’s last chance before Delgado gets the job?

Go Braves?

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
7:24 pm

@BRAVESFAN….You may be right. Tommy really scares me. I use the old saying with him, “going around your elbow to get to your thumb” I hope he comes out strong.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
7:28 pm

Mr Quack Quack I think Mr Hanson’s problem is that he throws to many balls. Consequently he throws a lot of pitches and it causes him to get in trouble early. Just my opinion.

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
7:36 pm

Miss Amber…Exactly what I mean about going around his elbow to get to his thumb. Look at Kris today not one walk.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
7:40 pm

I don’t think Delgado is the answer. Anyone that walks a pitcher and then gives up a grandslam doesn’t deserve to be in majors. Maybe give Teheran(spelling lesson) a shot.

Brandon

September 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

Amber Girl – I would say that Delgado pitched better than Minor the majority of the time but he happened to regress at the time when Minor was starting to hit stride. I prefer Delgado over Teheran right now

As for Hanson, I think his problem is that his only quality pitch is a curveball. All his other pitches seem to be mediocre so it’s very hard to get outs. His command is definitely a problem, but I feel like his mechanics need a complete makeover. It is also bad that he can’t hold baserunners. That just adds to his troubles

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Hi Mr Brandon I repect your opinion very much. You are probably right. I do not agree. Delgado should be out the door, Just my opinion. How have you been my friend. Do you want to go to school for me. It sucks.

Oregon Brave

September 3rd, 2012
8:28 pm

Whatever! Braves win again behind Medlen. So do we wait 5 days or 6 days til Medlen goes again?

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

@Oregon Brave….We have a pretty good schedule to wrap-up the season. If we can jump start the offense and score some runs we should be O.K.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
9:03 pm

@Mr Quack Quack Sweet Amber has got school tomorrow. Homework and sleepy time in Dallas,Texas. So I will tell everyone good nite. See you soon. Luv y’all XOXOXO Go Braves!!!

Quack Quack

September 3rd, 2012
9:07 pm

Good night Sweet Amber. Have a good day at school

GO BRAVES!!!

Teddy B

September 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

Well glad we won today, Hanson’s turn tomorrow :*(
We all know how that’ll turn out unless we get 10 runs….. Hanson is the most unimpressive pitcher we have this season and its a shame. I don’t think he’s all that, and surely not worth the mega deal his super agent wants for him. Let him walk, sooner the better.

NorCal Brave

September 3rd, 2012
10:10 pm

Good for Fredi for sticking to his guns and benching his old friend from Florida. He’s got a lot of eager talent on the bench ready to help the cause.

Marilyn folkerth

September 3rd, 2012
10:18 pm

I hope Hanson was paying attention to “no walks” by Medlen. The defense cannot help him when he walks batters, and our defense is terrific.

reality

September 3rd, 2012
11:02 pm

“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.” Fredi, why did you guys try EVERYTHING possible to keep Medlin OUT of the rotation as long as possible? He really has proven you wrong and kicked his way into the rotation. Prado had to do the same thing with Bobby a couple years ago.

PiersonBrave

September 3rd, 2012
11:44 pm

Re: why Meds didn’t start in rotation out of spring training.

He’s actually on the same innings limit as Strasberg. Letting him work out of bullpen as long as he did allows him to now start for the rest of the season and then into next season like normal.

Had Washington followed some form of the same strategy they wouldn’t be in the predicament with Strasberg that they currently are facing.

reality

September 4th, 2012
7:40 am

in spite of observable facts in the way the braves handled medlin people want to credit Fredi/Frank with a strategy. Thats fine I suppose, but just don’t put too much faith in this brain trust. Their biggest strength so far has been luck.

JoeBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
10:55 am

Can you imagine when Medlen and Beachy are in the same rotation?? That’s gonna be Maddux and Glavine version 2! Neither pitcher is overpowering, but they are VERY effective and intelligent. Hanson’s GOTTA go.

Barbara

September 4th, 2012
12:26 pm

Great pitching Medlan. As for the rest of the team this game was given to you Only four hits and three of them by players who usually sit on the bench. Hitting has got to get better if we plan on playing in October. Is it the hitting coach or is it they just could care less. Come on guys act and do like you really want it. Fredi why are you playing Ross when he is hurt. This could hurt him even more. You brought up another catcher use him.

Russ Nixon

September 4th, 2012
12:40 pm

Let’s give Pastornicky a shot at second base. Dan just needs to take a break right now.

Russ Nixon

September 4th, 2012
12:42 pm

Pastornicky at 2nd. He’s got a better bat than Uggla right now.

Buddy Landel

September 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Personality #492 from the same person= “Amber Girl”. Those that continuously carry on conversations with him/her are feeding the troll. Can’t wait for the day that ajc.com cracks down on posters that use multiple aliases.

Lobosolo

September 4th, 2012
2:21 pm

Laarrrrhhoid = Amber Girl

Kashi

September 4th, 2012
3:40 pm

Who is the odd man out when Ben Sheets is activated?

Norm

September 4th, 2012
6:48 pm

Guess would be Sheets is the odd man out.

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