Medlen wins NL pitcher of the month – updated

Kris Medlen was named National League pitcher of the month for August on Tuesday, and why wouldn’t he be?

The budding ace of the Braves staff went 4-0 in five starts last month, while allowing only two earned runs in 35 2/3 innings. He struck out 35 while walking only four, and that was before he pitched a complete game with a career-high 12 strikeouts to beat the Rockies 6-1 on Monday.

Medlen began a scoreless streak of 34 2/3 innings on Aug. 11 against the Mets and kept it going until he gave up one unearned run in the seventh inning Monday, giving him the Braves’ longest scoreless streak since Greg Maddux pitched 39 1/3 scoreless innings in 2000.

Medlen’s streak, along with his size and his knack for pounding the strike zone and fielding his position, has brought some comparisons to the four-time Cy Young award winner and 355-game winner, including from Maddux’s former teammate Chipper Jones.

“I understand that he has 700 more wins than me,” said Medlen, 26, who has 16 wins in three-plus seasons as both a starter and reliever. “Obviously stuff-wise we’ve got the two-seamer, the change-up. It’s awesome, but I don’t know if I feel comfortable being in the same sentence with a guy like that. I’ve got a long way to go. It’s awesome. I’ve said that 12 times in this interview, but I can’t explain it. I just feel great. It’s cool to get compared to a guy like that.”

The win Monday was Medlen’s second complete game victory in four starts. He pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career Aug. 16 against the Padres. Medlen is 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA in seven starts since rejoining the Braves rotation on July 31 from the bullpen. Not bad when a pitcher’s ERA matches his jersey number.

“It all came together for the month, as of right now,” Medlen said. “It’s just cool.”

The Braves won all five of Medlen’s starts in August as they have won each of his past 18 starts overall, a franchise record, dating back to 2010 before Medlen’s elbow reconstruction surgery.

Medlen has been the best thing going on the mound this side of Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners ace just claimed AL pitcher of the month after pitching three complete-game shutouts, two of them 1-0, including his perfect game on Aug. 15 against Tampa. Hernandez went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five August starts for Seattle.

Medlen beat out a relative who’s who of National League pitchers for the award including Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (5-0, 2.02 ERA), the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman (1-0, 0.68 ERA, 11 saves), the Phillies’ Cole Hamels (3-1, 1.86), the Padres’ Clayton Richard (5-1, 2.42 ERA) and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (5-1, 2.75).

This is Medlen’s first pitcher of the month award.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling right now and I’ve had a great day,” Medlen told assembled reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly thereafter, he tweeted about something else he had going for him on Tuesday.

“Wow what an incredible day! So honored to be the NL pitcher of the month! But finding out my unborn child has a wiener was the best part!”

Medlen’s Nicki wife is pregnant with their first child.

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95RelivingEveryDay

September 4th, 2012
4:53 pm

Wild card game pitcher!!!

eddie

September 4th, 2012
4:54 pm

Runner-

September 4th, 2012
5:01 pm

Well deserved, keep the head down and keep on working Meds, we need you in the playoffs

SoCalMom

September 4th, 2012
5:13 pm

Congratulations KRIS. We are behind you all the way. Mean Jean is smiling. Go Braves

jake

September 4th, 2012
5:17 pm

This guy is fun to watch. hope they don’t have to waste him on a play in game.

Dum-Bass

September 4th, 2012
5:18 pm

So we just want to win the wildcard game and that’s it huh? Call it a season. So Medlen pitches the WC game and wins it, then what?

Gil in Mechanicsville

September 4th, 2012
5:27 pm

So, is there as cash award of some type or just a cheesy plaque of some type to collect dust for the players? A nice watch or a digital Timex???

All those questions and still Medlen is arguably the best pitcher on the staff right now. Remember when everyone was mooning over Hanson and Bobby Cox noted “the little guy can really pitch too” referring to Medlen.

See, we do read your stuff DOB.

Gil in Mechanicsville

September 4th, 2012
5:29 pm

Yours too Carroll… Well, maybe not always the byline….

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 4th, 2012
6:05 pm

A pleasure to watch Kris pitch. No wasted time just throws strikes. Now tonight we have Hanson who
is just the opposite. He drives me nuts when he pitches. Always goes to a full count, never pitches a
clean inning and can’t go more that 4 or 5. He should be traded along with Uggla and McCann in the offseason.

Chop

September 4th, 2012
6:20 pm

Congrats Med!! You have been amazing!!

DaveinNEPA

September 4th, 2012
6:21 pm

This is a well deserved award. Not only has he pitched “lights out”, but he’s a pleasure to watch. Throws strikes, gets the ball and pitches it. His games move fast.

The guy who is pitching tonight is more like a “human rain delay”!!!!!!

bruce

September 4th, 2012
6:23 pm

Kris Medlen is a FIERCE COMPETITOR.

[...] he was named the NL’s Pitcher of the Month. Not bad for a guy in his first full month of starting since returning from Tommy John [...]

bruce

September 4th, 2012
6:26 pm

“This is Medlen’s first pitcher of the month award.”
Go for two.

Carmine Ragusa

September 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

This guy has been a shot in the arm for the braves rotation. Who outside the guys in the club house and bullpen expected the guy to be this tough? Hope it continues into the post season……..

Carmine Ragusa

September 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

This guy has been a shot in the arm for the braves rotation. Who outside the guys in the club house and bullpen expected the guy to be this tough? Hope it continues into the post season……..

Carmine Ragusa

September 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

This guy has been a shot in the arm for the braves rotation. Who outside the guys in the club house and bullpen expected the guy to be this tough? Hope it continues into the post season……..

HOF 10

September 4th, 2012
7:00 pm

Great kid. Real happy for him. Hope we can keep him here long term.

Quack Quack

September 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

Congratulations Kris. You are awesome. Keep up the FIRE!!

GO BRAVES!!

MattinAtl

September 4th, 2012
7:40 pm

Decidedly better than Hernandez, and far better than the who’s who in the N L. Mr. Medlen is the best story in baseball, not just pitching, and is getting far too little attention for what he is doing. Hate his scoreless streak ended the way it did. Not Janish’s fault, but it’s too bad his throw ended up in no man’s land. I saw it happening and yelled to no one in particular, and in anguish, “oh no!!”

Teddy B

September 4th, 2012
7:59 pm

Congratulations Kris Medlen!! Way to show Fredi he has no idea what he’s doing, Medlen should’ve been starting all year. He’s always done well as a starting pitcher for us, so what does Fat Fredi do? Put ‘em in the ‘pen!

Way to go Fredi, you might win bonehead of the year instead of manager of the year. This guy is just doing all he can to ruin our team, I’ve been thinking about it lately and he sure seems hell bent on creating a September Collapse the 2nd. He does all he can to ruin all of our chances. Who in their right mind would wait this long to bench Dan Uggla? Who else would throw a wrench into the team chemistry time after time day after day without expecting negative consequences?

I never had much faith in him but the past few months have made me 100% sure that Atlanta would be 100 times better if he’d hit the road. He just might lose a few pounds if he had to walk. Just sayin’.

HOF 10

September 4th, 2012
8:06 pm

So the baby is due Feb. 5. Hank Aaron’s birthday. Henry Louis Medlen has a nice ring to it.

Teddy B

September 4th, 2012
8:07 pm

Heck of a catch by Heyward in the first. Man was that nice. He’s our beast, even though he’s cooled off a bit the past few days. He’ll get back at it once he gets adjusted, thats what pros do. Irks me so bad that Fat Fredi shuffled him back down to 6th in the order…..WTH man?? He’s been our BEST position player who plays EVERYDAY (Chipper doesn’t count even though he’s played a good bit more lately that he usually does).

So this is how the “manager” rewards our best guy, by casting him down into the last part of the order? I can just see Fredi saying, “That’ll show Heyward what happens when you play TOO GOOD around HERE!” and rubbing his stubby little sausage fingers together as he says it while Dan Uggla sits on his lap begging for another chance to stink to High Heaven for another month or 2. I hope we get Simmons back soon so that things get more stable around here and we can get the team that will hopefully be playing in the Playoffs together and hope they start clicking more consistently.

the truth...

September 4th, 2012
8:08 pm

Watching the interview just then with Meds during the game….Chip, Joe and Tommy Glavine was cool…..showed the kid side of Kris when he lost his train of thought in the midst of the conversation…..

Had to smile….have fun Kris and soak it in….

Teddy B

September 4th, 2012
8:11 pm

I miss Simmons a lot. Janish was a nice plug to keep the bleeding to a minimum and he’s came up with a few game winning hits. I just can’t bare to watch a guy who seems like he’s getting a hit almost every game and his batting average continues to drop though. He’s not an exciting player to watch at all, he’s got R-E-P-L-A-C-E-M-E-N-T written all over him. Same as Fredi but sadly I don’t think he’ll go anywhere for a long time.

the truth...

September 4th, 2012
8:11 pm

I love the conversation when Glav is in the booth….his knowledge and history locally from the ‘91 era is unbeatable….

the truth...

September 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

Janish is a lot of the reason we are still in the wild card lead………take him out of the lineup for the past 5 weeks while Simmons has been out…say insert Pastornicky………….and what do you get?

A disaster most likely……………swap the Pastor for Jack Wiilson and not much better I think….

son's who?

September 4th, 2012
8:17 pm

Yeah Teddy, Meds should have been starting all year like Strasburg.

Our team sho’ is crazy!

GTJoe

September 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

Hey Teddy……you do realize that Medlen is coming off TommyJohn surgery…..right?? Before you go bashing Fredi G…..think about how the Braves have handled Medlen vs how the Nats have handled Strasburg……

I’ll take the way the Braves have handled him over the Nats way w/Strasburg any day of the week….we will have Medlen in the post season while Strasburg watches……

GTJoe

September 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

Hey Teddy……you do realize that Medlen is coming off TommyJohn surgery…..right?? Before you go bashing Fredi G…..think about how the Braves have handled Medlen vs how the Nats have handled Strasburg……

I’ll take the way the Braves have handled him over the Nats way w/Strasburg any day of the week….we will have Medlen in the post season while Strasburg watches……

RBI

September 4th, 2012
9:22 pm

Too bad he can’t teach Hanson how to pitch.

northbeach scott

September 4th, 2012
10:29 pm

@GTJoe, I do not recall a single mention that the Braves had any such plan for Medlen coming off TJ surgery. That is recent rewritten history to cover for Fredi’s incompent handling of Medlen (ie not starting him earlier). When the Braves miss either home field advantage or completely choke and miss the wild card, we can look back on Fredi choosing not to use Medlen as a starter earlier in the season. Hope that cost you your job, Fredi you ‘tard

Bronke

September 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

Held back commenting till the game was done! What a stinker. Something is wrong in the clubhouse. You can feel it. This team needs to come together down the stretch or or or or or(you fill in the blanks).
Shutout by this pitching staff at home? Washington scoring 11 and on a roll? Come on boys , get you act together!

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Ekim

September 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

@Dum-Bass. Calm down. Saying one wants him to pitch the wild-card game does not mean that they are conceding anything else.

Ekim

September 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

I want to win tonight. Does that mean I don’t care about tomorrow? (Hint: No.)

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