Since move to rotation, Medlen’s been Maddux-esque

Kris Medlen is 12-2 with a 3.08 ERA in the first 25 starts of his major league career, which is more than impressive enough. But what he’s done this year since a end-of-July move from the bullpen to the starting rotation has simply surpassed all expectations. He’s making it look way easier than it is for any pitcher, much less one with such little experience as a starter.

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The Braves have won 18 consecutive games started by Medlen. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

In 7 starts this season, he’s 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA, .206 opponents’ average, ridiculously low .468 opponents’ OPS, one homer allowed, eye-popping 50 strikeouts with only five walks and 1 HR allowed in 49-2/3 innings. I hate to keep bringing up the name of the greatest right-handed pitcher (non-steroids division) of the past two decades, but Medlen’s numbers through seven starts are absolutely Greg Maddux-like.

Or as Mad Dog’s longtime teammate Chipper Jones put it, Maddux-esque.

Today 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 surgery.

Medlen has impressed the guys in his dugout as much as he’s impressed those of us watching from the pressbox or stands or on TV. He had his scoreless-innings streak snapped at 34-2/3 on Monday, but he still hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past 37-2/3 innings or a homer in 48-2/3 innings.

“Everybody knew how good he was coming into the beginning of the year,” Braves reliever Jonny Venters said. “But the things he’s done since they put him in the rotation have been unbelievable. Really good. Now every time he goes out there I feel like he’s going to go eight scoreless, or maybe nine scoreless. He’s fun to watch, and I’m excited for him. To get the opportunity and take advantage of it like that is awesome.”

Venters said that Wednesday in San Diego. Medlen’s next start was Monday against Colorado, when he pitched a five-hit complete game with a career-high 12 strikeouts.

“Holy [bleep], are you kidding me? He’s been lights-out,” said reliever Peter Moylan, who got back from his nearly full season on the DL just in time to see Medlen’s latest complete game. “We all knew – I knew – that he could do it, that he had it in him. He’s got four good pitches that he can throw for a strike at any time. And he’s got the [fearlessness]. He gets out there and he just [bows] up and throws it….

“He’s smart, and he’s not afraid to throw a pitch in any count. It’s a testament to him, to go through a stretch as a reliever in the first part of the year and doing a good job with that, going down and getting stretched out, coming back and not getting a starter’s job immediately, and still being able to adjust to a different mindset of going out and starting.”

During his current five-start winning streak, Medlen has an 0.23 ERA and .194 opponents’ average, with 41 strikeouts and two walks in 39-1/3 innings. That just doesn’t happen. But it has happened. It is happening. And for however long it lasts, it’s sure been a treat for the Braves and their fans to watch and marvel at, hasn’t it?

“He puts the ball where he wants,” said catcher David Ross, who was behind the plate for Monday’s gem. “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.”

David Ross had a two-run double Monday, then broke his bat in frustration after a late plate appearance.

David Ross had a two-run double Monday, then broke his bat in frustration after a late plate appearance. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Medlen has two complete games in his past four starts – more than any other Braves pitcher has all season — and in those two games he was charged with 10 hits, no walks and one unearned run while racking up 18 strikeouts in 18 inings.

Moylan’s comments above came a few hours before Monday’s game. Afterward, he was asked about the mound demeanor of Medlen, who at one point was actually observed by Ross doing a little hip-shake to a song playing on the stadium P.A. system when he was warming up between innings. That’s how relaxed he’s been.

“It’s phenomenal,” Moylan said. “Sometimes it seems like he’s bored. It looks like he’s having a stroll in the park. But I know inside he’s got that bulldog mentality and he loves to compete and loves to win. So what’s on the outside that seems like a stroll in the park I know is a lot of fun for him.”

Ross: “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 [but] 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.”

The Braves won Monday for the 18th consecutive time that Medlen has started, extending his franchise record – a record covering more than a century of baseball for the franchise in its various locations. It’s the most consecutive wins by any team in one pitcher’s starts since the 2001 Yankees won 20 consecutive starts by Roger Clemens.

“He’s showing everybody what we kind of thought in our heads as players, how good he could be,” Ross said. “What he’s doing is really impressive. Especially as a catcher, you know how hard that is to do, and he’s making it look easy.”

Medlen is 12-0 in his past 23 starts, dating to May 31, 2009. The Elias Sports Bureau says the only other current major leaguer who ever had a streak of more than 20 consecutive starts without a loss was Jose Contreras (currently on Phillies 60-day DL), who was 17-0 in 24 regular-season starts for the White Sox in a stretch that overlapped 2005 and 2006.

Medlen’s teammates will tell you his current success couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

“Yeah, he’s a total package,” Ross said. “He keeps his mouth shut, doesn’t complain, goes to the bullpen when they ask him, starts, goes down [to the minors], doesn’t complain, tries to get his innings up [build arm strength], then they call him back, put him back in the bullpen… Not one word. But then he gets his chance and he’s just taking advantage of it. You root for guys like that, who aren’t prima donnas, who don’t complain, who try to go out and just want to be part of a winning team. And that’s what we have, a loy of guys who are like that.”

When he was sent to Triple-A for a couple of weeks at midseason to get his arm stretched out for starting, then brought back and initially returned to the bullpen, Medlen didn’t say one negative word, didn’t complain at all about the time seemingly wasted or about being asked to deal with the indecision and fluctuating circumstances.

“You couldn’t handle that situation any better than he handled it,” Venters said. “He did what the team wanted him to do and what was best for the team, and now it’s best for the team for him to start. And he’s taking advantage of that and helping us win a lot – however many starts of his we’ve won in a row. Something ridiculous.”

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Johnson lf
  3. Chipper 3b
  4. Freeman 1b
  5. Prado 2b
  6. Heyward rf
  7. Ross c
  8. Janish ss
  9. Hanson p

• Is Bourn worn? Braves leadoff man Michael Bourn is still getting on, stealing bases and playing terrific defense, but has shown some signs of fatigue during the second half. Or perhaps it’s a correction to the norm. Or some combination of the above.

Anyway, after hitting .311 with 30 extra-base hits, 25 stolen bases, a .366 OBP and .451 slugging percentage (.817 OPS) in 85 games before the break, Bourn has hit .233 with 11 extra-base hits, 13 steals, a .329 OBP and .332 slugging percentage (.661 OPS) in 49 games since the break.

In his past 14 games, he’s 9-for-47 (.191) with no extra-base hits, although he has six stolen bases and as many walks (10) as strikeouts (10) for a .350 OBP in that stretch. The Braves are 6-8 in those games.

What he’s continued to do better than most other Braves is hit in key situations. To wit, care to guess who’s got highest slugging percentage among Braves with runners in scoring position? I’ll give you three guesses….

It’s Bourn, at .510. Not Chipper Jones, not Jason Heyward nor Freddie Freeman. Bourn.

With RISP, Bourn also has team-high .350 average (35-for-100), team-high .430 OBP, and team-high .940 OPS.

• Reversal of sorts: The Braves are 30-20 with a National League-leading 3.22 ERA since the All-Star break, while the Nationals are 33-18 with a 3.39 ERA that’s the league’s second-best since the break. The Phillies are 28-20 with a 3.50 ERA that’s the league’s third-best since the break, giving the division the top three ERAs on the senior circuit since the All-Star break.

However, the Reds have a league-best 35-16 record since the break, with a 3.53 ERA that’s the league’s fourth-best. The Giants (31-18) are the only other NL team with a better record than Atlanta since the All-Star break.

Atlanta’s had to rely more heavily on pitching in the second half. The Braves’ .236 batting average ranks just 14th in the NL since the break, while their .387 slugging percentage ranks 11th and their .322 OBP is eighth. Before the break, the Braves were sixth in average (.259), seventh in slugging (.408) and fifth in OBP (.324), while their pitchers were sixth with a 3.91 ERA.

• Tonight’s matchup: It’s Tommy Hanson, trying to get out of a funk, against Drew Pomeranz, who’s struggling mightily.

Hanson has a .331 opponents’ average and .950 OPS in seven starts since All-Star break (2-2, 6.69 ERA). He’s 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA and .357 opponents’ average in his past two starts, and against the Rockies he’s 2-0 despite a 5.50 ERA in three career starts.

Tonight, Tommy Hanson tries to snap out of a recent slump.

Tonight, Tommy Hanson tries to snap out of a recent slump.

But he did hold them to one run and four hits in seven innings of a July 4, 2011 win at Turner Field, the only time he’s faced them outside of Coors Field.

This season, Hanson has fared better on the road. He’s allowed a .296 average and .836 OPS in 11 home starts, compared to 258/.770 in 14 road starts. He’s 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA at home.

In Pomeranz the Braves face yet another lefty, but not a very good one. He has one win in 16 starts this season, and he’s 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA and .297 opponents’ average in his past nine starts, with 46 hits including nine homers allowed in 38-1/3 innings (the innings totals are low because that’s how the Rockies were using their starters in the unusual four-man rotation setup they adopted at midseason.

Lefty batters are hitting just .125 with a .347 OPS and no homers in 56 at-bats against Pomeranz, but righties have torched him at a .294/.878 clip in 228 at-bats, with 11 homers. So look for as many righties as Fredi Gonzalez can get into his lineup.

• Etc.

Martin Prado is 30-for-93 (.323) with 15 extra-base hits (four homers) and 19 RBIs in his past 22 games, with a .360 OBP and .581 slugging (.941 OPS). That includes 10-for-28 (.357) with two doubles and two homers during a current seven-game hitting streak.

By the way, in case you missed it, Prado was recently ranked as third-most underrated player in majors in Sports Illustrated survey of players in both leagues, who couldn’t name any of their own teammates in the survey….

Chipper Jones has played only two games against Colorado this season, but he made them count – he’s 6-for-11 with a double, homer and seven RBIs against the Rockies. He rested in Monday’s series opener after hitting walk-off homer Sunday night against Philly. “His knees were barking at the end of the game,”  Gonzalez said before Monday’s game, when he reiterated that the Braves needed to manage Jones’ situation to keep him healthy. He said he might rest him again Thursday. “I know it’s hard, but we’ve got to get him through the season.”

• Let’s get this posted. I’ll close with a tune off the recently released debut album by Divine Fits, which is a sort of indie-rock super group with members of Spoon, Wolf Parade and others. You can hear it by clicking here.

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“WOULD THAT NOT BE NICE” by Divine Fits

Alot I’ve wondered how … screamed at
I could’ve be a … wild calls
I’ve got to know it, know it tonight.
Cause if I did, would that not be nice ?
I wish the lowers remain helpless
Like other reasons we lay life back
It should …
I couldn’t think of would that not be nice ?
There’s Cleopatra up on her throne
Come Cleopatra, come come back home
I’ll be here waiting with basmati rice
What can you tell about ?
Would that not be nice?
Just so distructive, … do it
Sometimes I wished it
You emerged in strains from…
That sounds alright
And if you were, would that not be nice ?

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,470 comments Add your comment

Ward

September 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

Good to be on the blog, and will talk later tonight. Let’s keep it going. Braves could use a hot streak down this stretch, and good work always DOB. Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

Brian from SC

September 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

Kris Medlen, you’re my hero.

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

[Lefty Drew Pomeranz] is “0-5 with a 7.04 ERA and .297 opponents’ average in his past nine starts”

NOOOO! :(

cabravesfan

September 4th, 2012
3:15 pm

That’s my Meds :D

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
3:15 pm

Shout out to George

********** Repost from the last blog***************

I’m just not buying that he’s hurt. I think the shift has done him in, and just about done it for Mac.

Keep that up, Ward, and it won’t be long before your name is not the only thing to disappear.

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:17 pm

DOB – Is Heap available and just not in there because of the LH Pomeranz?

It was rather painful watching Ross bat yesterday.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:17 pm

Repost from last blog – :roll:

:evil:

richbrave

September 4th, 2012
3:17 pm

What no comments?

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:18 pm

Thanks for the latest effort, DOB…

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:19 pm

Florida orgy ends in violence, arrests – AJC article

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And this comes as a surprise? lol

CJ10 saved our season

September 4th, 2012
3:21 pm

“LH Hitters are 7 for 56 off of Rockies LH starter Drew Pomeranz this season in the majors.”

LF Prado
RF Pastornicky
3B Chipper
C Ross
CF Johnson
1B Baker
2B Uggla
SS Janish

Problem solved. :)

Yikes!

September 4th, 2012
3:21 pm

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

[Lefty Drew Pomeranz] is “0-5 with a 7.04 ERA and .297 opponents’ average in his past nine starts”

NOOOO! :(

Ditto that!

cricket

September 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

timthebrave

September 4th, 2012
3:24 pm

I would love to sweep the rockies out of town……It’s time for the bats to come alive…..I’m glad Prado finally getting some props even though it is as the most underrated player. Go Braves!

Brian from SC

September 4th, 2012
3:24 pm

Nice little story there, cricket.

Greg Norton

September 4th, 2012
3:25 pm

Keep the faith Braves fans. Uggla will be important to us later this year. I’m sure of it. Hopefully he’ll get this funk worked out.

By the way, I can still hit!

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

One last thing about Medlen’s game yesterday:
The Rockies are 2nd in the NL in batting and 2nd in the NL in runs scored.

So you don’t miss it, Thursday’s game is at 12 noon.

Veer

September 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

With Hanson starting we might need to score 8 runs today.
Prediction on Hanson.
Survives first 3 innings by only giving up 2 runs but 4th inning explodes and leaves the game by allowing 5 runs in total.

Will get ahead of the hitters but will end up walking them
Will give up alot of hits
A lot of hard hit balls but defenders by chance will be at right place right time to bail him out.
Won’t get past the 5th inning

Juan

September 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

MEDLEN Interview in few min in MLB The Rundown

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

Good stuff, DOB. Thanks

abeeeewright

September 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

“So look for as many righties as Fredi Gonzalez can get into his lineup.” – DOB

So basically, Reed Johnson instead of Constanza.

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

Veer – you left out the stolen bases against Big Red.

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
3:33 pm

“Prediction on Hanson”

Imagine Kris Medlen pitching last night. Got it…?

Now imagine the complete opposite of that. Got it…?

There you have tonight’s pitching performance from Hanson.

toast

September 4th, 2012
3:34 pm

With Hanson starting we might need to score 8 runs today.
Prediction on Hanson.
Survives first 3 innings by only giving up 2 runs but 4th inning explodes and leaves the game by allowing 5 runs in total.

Will get ahead of the hitters but will end up walking them
Will give up alot of hits
A lot of hard hit balls but defenders by chance will be at right place right time to bail him out.
Won’t get past the 5th inning

that’s just a fountain of information that needs to be processed. thank you so much for a well thought out post though

any predictions on traffic northbound on 400?

George_George

September 4th, 2012
3:34 pm

Thank you DOB.

abeeeewright

September 4th, 2012
3:35 pm

With the September call-ups, I doubt that Fredi would stick with Hanson for a long time if he starts to struggle.

Hanson will probably go 5-6 while giving up 2-3 runs, at best.

At worst, Hanson is relieved by Delgado in the first inning with the Braves down by 4.

George_George

September 4th, 2012
3:36 pm

Wish HANSON would lose that hitch in his delivery.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

In Pomeranz the Braves face yet another lefty, but not a very good one. He has one win in 16 starts this season, and he’s 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA and .297 opponents’ average in his past nine starts, with 46 hits including nine homers allowed in 38-1/3 innings (the innings totals are low because that’s how the Rockies were using their starters in the unusual four-man rotation setup they adopted at midseason.
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Ballgame!! Maybe we’ll reverse the trend of late against these pathetic performing retreads that seem to dominate us far too often…

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

I’m sick to damn death of Maria Bartiromo. I wish she would shut the hell up and go away.

cricket

September 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

Rockies blog, interesting and enjoyable during the game, especially if braves are winning

http://www.purplerow.com/

chipontheroad

September 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

@ Brava thnx for heads-up on the rundown that was awesome

Medlen is on to somethang

thnx D O’B

bostonbravo

September 4th, 2012
3:39 pm

I think Fredi & Frankie “overlooked” Medlen until recently because: he looks like a kid & he has a quirky sense of humor & never afraid to clown. None of which has anything to do with him being best pitcher on roster. For ex: Uggla has game face, big biceps LOOKS like a great power hitter…OK we’ll stick with him thru 3 months of .152 average…plus Fredi was his pal for 6 yrs. Guess I’m saying ‘top mgt.’ puts a lot of stock in personal opinion over facts.

cricket

September 4th, 2012
3:39 pm

I’m sick to damn death of Maria Bartiromo. I wish she would shut the hell up and go away.

lost the remote again? ;)

crm300

September 4th, 2012
3:39 pm

Been saying all along not to get carried away with Bourn. Had a nice half season for the Braves but those stats do not track with his career stats. He is playing now more like he played for Houston all of those years. Yeah, he can steal a base, but he strikes out too much and his on base percentage is not very good for a lead off guy. Braves do not dare overpay for Bourn and wind up with another Derek Lowe or Dan Uggla contract. If Dale Murphy could play center field, so can Jason Heyward. Find a cheaper alternative for lead off and let Bourn be somebody else’s albatross.

toast

September 4th, 2012
3:40 pm

I’m sick to damn death of Maria Bartiromo. I wish she would shut the hell up and go away.

mute the tv and just look

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:40 pm

“Yeah, he’s a total package,” Ross said. “He keeps his mouth shut, doesn’t complain, goes to the bullpen when they ask him, starts, goes down [to the minors], doesn’t complain, tries to get his innings up [build arm strength], then they call him back, put him back in the bullpen… Not one word. But then he gets his chance and he’s just taking advantage of it. You root for guys like that, who aren’t prima donnas, who don’t complain, who try to go out and just want to be part of a winning team. And that’s what we have, a loy of guys who are like that.”

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I don’t suppose he was subtly throwing Hanson and Minor and Uggla under the bus, was he?

And most of us bloggers fit Ross’ description, being non-complainers and all.

ChillyMutt

September 4th, 2012
3:42 pm

Braves are 1 – 0 on Tuesdays following a Monday holiday this year.

Shaun

September 4th, 2012
3:44 pm

I’m certainly one of the people who dislike the Uggla contract and think the Braves should try to trade him in the offseason if they can get anything remotely favorable for themselves, even if it’s a Derek Lowe type move where they’re trying to get whatever salary relief they can.

But I’m not sure how benching Uggla improves the offense all that much. Reed Johnson is basically a league-average offensive leftfielder. He’s quite good against lefties but, if it’s a platoon, it may be Constanza in left or Jeff Baker or Pastornicky playing second against a righty. I just don’t like any of these scenarios that much except maybe Johnson in left and Prado at second against lefties. Part of the reason for that is that Uggla actually has hit righties better than lefties in his career.

Against righties, they should probably just stick with Uggla and hope for the best. I think it’s fine to bet that Uggla isn’t a great player any longer. But I’m not sure the Braves should bet that Uggla is worse than Johnson or Constanza or Baker, at least against righties, over the next month (and hopefully longer).

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:44 pm

Bartiromo does get really old….and I only catch her maybe once a year!

Which is more than Mac or whomever will be catching JJ next season….I made a not very funny, see?

ChillyMutt

September 4th, 2012
3:47 pm

Maria Bartioromo is so 5 Tool.

toast

September 4th, 2012
3:47 pm

dare to rip on the “money honey”, sad day.

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
3:49 pm

“I’m certainly one of the people who dislike the Uggla contract”

The contract for Dan Uggla was great…the production was not.

Same thing as the trade for Nate McLouth, the trade was great

But you can’t really do much when the guy just stops producing.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
3:50 pm

I have a nominee for a name change to “spewer of nonsense”….

Rick C

September 4th, 2012
3:51 pm

Jimmy, not to take anything away from Medlen’s performance yesterday, but you should look at the Rockies’ home/away splits on offense. They are first in runs scored in the NL at home, but in away games they are last. Pretty drastic split and it says a lot about Coors field.

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

Ask Joey Ramone about Maria.
I think he wanted her in the starting rotation.

Ward

September 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

I’m back for just A few minutes. I’m entitled to talk too, and I said nothing wrong. Mac, had trouble with the shift before he got hurt, and until he figures it out? The shift owns him, and has done him in. That’s not being too harsh. It’s speaking what has happened.

Ward

September 4th, 2012
3:54 pm

Macs’, injury happened after they started the shift.

TennesseePaul

September 4th, 2012
3:54 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .219 .350 .219 0.569 .307 ___63
Reed___ .286 .306 .371 0.677 .298 ___87
Chipper .257 .366 .371 0.737 .364 __106
Freeman .310 .474 .724 1.198 .494 __227
Prado__ .343 .400 .571 0.971 .458 __166
Heyward .184 .205 .421 0.626 .260 ___68
Ross___ .200 .256 .371 0.628 .294 ___72
Janish_ .129 .206 .226 0.432 .226 ___20
Hanson_ .000 .000 .000 0.000 .000 _-100

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:54 pm

Rick C – On point. Didn’t look at the splits.

Shaun

September 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

MFin04, the trade for Uggla was great. The contract was not.

What they can do (in terms of next season) depends on what another team would be willing to give up/take on for Uggla. The only thing they can do this season is bench him when it makes sense. To me, based on the info we have, it seems pretty clear it doesn’t make sense to bench him against righties.

toast

September 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

ole janish hasn’t done much at the plate since his 3 hit game sometime yesteryear. good glove, but need a couple more knocks. hurry back andrelton

Ward

September 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

Bat- Threaten me all you want to. The truth is out there……

richbrave

September 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

We had a LOT of newbies come into the system mid-season and later. Let’s look at a few.

GWINNETT

3B TERRY TIFFEE – A 1999 TWINS draftee, TIFFEE’s knocked around numerous organizations since. 2012 in the ATLANTIC Independent League.

He arrived in LAWRENCEVILLE mid-season, and had a bang-up July [.341 BA - 44 AB], but cooled considerably in August. Overall for his stint in AAA, he had 117 AB – 35 H = .299 BA; .314 OBP; .741 OPS. A switch-hitter who raked lefties to a .364 clip [33 AB]. Righties .274 [84 AB]. Once FRANCISCO went up to stay, he was the insurance policy down on the farm at 3B

2B RUSTY RYAL – A D-Backs 14th pick in 2005. Released 7-3-12 by the Snakes and picked -up by the BRAVES.

BA .287 as a BRAVE with 101 AB – 29 H; .333 OBP; .759 OPS. RH batter, terrible against lefties [.130 -23 AB], strong against righties [.333 BA - 78 AB]. 80 AB’s .325 in August. Prolly worth another look next season.

OF FELIX PIE – A CUB in 2001. Left the O’s at the end of spring training, hooked up with the ATLANTIC league.BRAVES picked him up in mid-May. A good addition to the AAA affiliate.

333 AB – 95 H for the G-men in 2012. .324 [74 AB] against LH, .275 BA [262 AB] against righties. Excellent June and July. Tailed off badly at the plate in August. .338 OBP, .797 OPS for the season.

The A Bomb

September 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

Braves should have saved the clubhouse standing O for Paul Janish — not Alex Gonzalez. Guy’s about to sit down and has been one of the unsung heroes that have kept this club going with his defense.

Kudos. Hope we keep him.

Ward

September 4th, 2012
3:57 pm

Mac, better wake up to, and learn how to hit out of the shift, or his career is over.

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
3:57 pm

lost the remote again? Ha, no.

mute the tv and just look _ If I could she would be fine with me.

MB ” why do stocks keep going up, I don’t get it?”

Because businesses are making tons of money, good grief.

MB ” Why aren’t businesses hiring?”

Why should they. They are squeezing more and more productivity from the workers they have all ready and making nice profits. The last thing a business wants to do is hire people, they want to profit. The only thing that will make them hire people is more demand. Idiot

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
3:57 pm

Ward – That was Bat that posted that comment. I don’t think he was riding you hard.

McCann is this years Heyward. Major suckage with some injury thrown in.

TennesseePaul

September 4th, 2012
3:58 pm

In 322 PA, since June 16th, the 7 year, $18M man has hit .249/.338/.361/.699. All those holes he plugs make him totally worth the near decade commitment and 20% of the payroll.

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
3:58 pm

Ward_

Its not me you have to worry about. McFann on the other hand, well……………..

tony austin

September 4th, 2012
3:58 pm

I’ve read at least 3 comments so far regarding DOB’s:

In Pomeranz the Braves face yet another lefty, but not a very good one. He has one win in 16 starts this season, and he’s 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA and .297 opponents’ average in his past nine starts…

It’s widely known that, for some unknown reason why, these are the type of pitchers that seem to dominate this lineup. If I were playing the Braves in a one game playoff I’d look for the worst LHP I have on my staff and hand him the ball.

Sam

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

My question: What is the winning percentage of the teams Medlen has beat on his current winning streak?

He has beaten the Astros, Marlins, Mets, Nats, Rockies, and twice beaten the Padres. None of these teams (except the Nats) are juggernauts. In fact, they are all at the bottom of the standings in their respective divisons.

When he starts beating teams like the Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, and Natiionals repeatedly, perhaps then I will be ready to compare him to Maddux.

chipontheroad

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

beat the shift once last week B Mc bunt did

richbrave

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

Is pomerantz a fruit or vegetable? Which?

stizz

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

Oh he’s staying A Bomb. We gave him another shot in the majors, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t remain loyal to us unless the offer is completely disrespectful, which I highly doubt it will be.

For better or for worse, I want Tommy yanked after 5 innings. I don’t trust him at all and its almost a given he’ll implode at some point tonight.

cabravesfan

September 4th, 2012
4:02 pm

Ward-

Teams have been shifting on Mac for a long time. He can take the ball to left- I’ve seen him do it a fair amount lately (when he hits). But it’s not just a matter of “learning” to do it- when you naturally pull the ball to right, and teams pitch you to pull the ball to right, it’s not the easiest thing to hit it to left. But the shift has NOTHING to do with his shoulder.

TennesseePaul

September 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

The only thing they can do this season is bench him when it makes sense.

This late into the season… it doesn’t make sense. But, since the are showing a willingness to bench him, they may actually trade him this off-season. I’m still skeptical they will. I’d think any potential trading of Uggla would only occur after next season. But, we’ll see. They won’t gain much financially by trading him if they aim to get another “30 HR type player.”

toast

September 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

janish has been a good pickup. problem is he’s thankfully about to return to obscurity. he’s been horrible at the plate the last two weeks.

SoCalMom

September 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=29636982#. follow this link to vote for MEDLEN for Mane Man of the Month against Jeter-Felix Hernandez and Todd Frazier. We have taken him for 8% of the vote to a leading 34% of the vote. Lets get him this FUN title. This is the kind of stuff he lives.

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:04 pm

In 322 PA, since June 16th, the 7 year, $18M man has hit .249/.338/.361/.699. All those holes he plugs make him totally worth the near decade commitment and 20% of the payroll.

But he’s incredibly important to the offense for 2013 and beyond, TenneseePaul. Just crucial.

There isn’t a worse move this franchise can make than giving that guy a multi year deal in the $16-18 million dollar a year range.

Ward

September 4th, 2012
4:05 pm

All, have a good! Talk later tonight. Hanson could sure use a good start, so let’s keep the hope going, and Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

nolie

September 4th, 2012
4:05 pm

So how many enjoyed Papa Johns Pizza ?

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:06 pm

This late into the season… it doesn’t make sense. But, since the are showing a willingness to bench him, they may actually trade him this off-season. I’m still skeptical they will. I’d think any potential trading of Uggla would only occur after next season. But, we’ll see. They won’t gain much financially by trading him if they aim to get another “30 HR type player.”

After the news about them benching him, I thought about our endless convos with AT. Maybe they actually do look hard to move him this winter….

But I’m almost certain it wouldn’t be worth it. They’d likely have to eat near half the contract, and at that point, I really don’t think it makes sense.

Jimmy

September 4th, 2012
4:09 pm

Ward – I’m not going to defend Heap at all, but, as Cab pointed out, when a team puts a shift on you, the pitcher is going to pitch into the shift. Give you pitches that you almost have to pull.

But on the other hand, you know where they are going to pitch you.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
4:09 pm

Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 5.13 ERA) vs Tommy Hanson (12-7, 4.45 ERA). Pomeranz has made 16 starts, compared to Tommy’s 25. The two of them have very similar peripheral stats (WHIP, H/9, etc), with Pomeranz allowing just slightly less H/9 than Tommy, and Tommy has a slightly higher K/9.

Pomeranz has been bad in July and August, though not quite as bad as Tommy. (He’s been hit at just a .251/.317/.451/.768 clip compared to Tommy’s .310/.390/.487/.877)

Whoever, as not 1 Braves player has ever faced him, there are no batter-by-batter stats to report for the Braves.

For the Rockies, they’ve enjoyed seeing Tommy Hanson… in 31 ABs, they have gone 10-31 (1 3B, 2 HR) with 7 RBIs and 4 Ks. A .323/.323/.581/.903 line.

The Rockies who have faced Tommy are: Ramon Hernandez, Dexter Fowler, Tyler Colvin, Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Jason Giambi, Jhoulys Chacin, Jonathan Herrera

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:09 pm

I’m certainly one of the people who dislike the Uggla contract and think the Braves should try to trade him in the offseason if they can get anything remotely favorable for themselves, even if it’s a Derek Lowe type move where they’re trying to get whatever salary relief they can.

You’d eat 66% of the contract just to move him? Wow. I mena, that’s basically saying that he’s cooked. Well done steak. To pay him $8.8 million a year just to get rid of him would certainly be saying something about how the Braves feel about Dan Uggla.

iowabrave

September 4th, 2012
4:09 pm

Jumping the gun, but just got my tickets for Sept 12 in Milwaukee right behind the Braves dugout for my family’s last chance to see Chip. First TBS, then Skip, then Bobby, now Chipper. It’s like I’m getting old or something.
DOB…so tell Chipper no hamstrings, no obliques, no resting. My 10 year old would be mightly disappointed! We’ll be there all 3 days, but only once behind the dugout and he’s looking forward to it. (Maybe his dad, too)

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
4:11 pm

“Braves should have saved the clubhouse standing O for Paul Janish — not Alex Gonzalez.”

Nah, Paul Janish has yet to hit a home run and do the WWF Razor Ramon throat slash.

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11964119&c_id=mlb

nolie

September 4th, 2012
4:11 pm

Janish is a great defender but bad hitter = cheal defense, just like the Bravos love. Most likely the BU SS next season

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
4:12 pm

Oh, and unlike Tommy Hanson, Drew is worth positive WAR (0.9 vs. Hanson’s -0.4)

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:12 pm

As a Brave, Dan Uggla has been a league average offensive player – .223/.324/.419, 100 OPS+ and a below average defensive 2nd baseman.

Shaun

September 4th, 2012
4:13 pm

Efrim, I could see some team taking a chance on Uggla and giving up/taking on enough for it to be worth the Braves’ while. I’m not saying it’s likely but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw
One ATL fan completely lost it too “@backseatfan: remember when people said you were wrong on Heyward and you said “he’s 21″? That was fun”

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw
They’re all in Witless Protection “@intothewall: @keithlaw do Uggla contract defenders send you apologies by Twitter or regular mail?”

nolie

September 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

still think it pretty unlikely that they trade Uggla, and highly unlikely if they need to eat part of the contract

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

ERA+ of 93 for Pomeranz, it’s 92 for Tommy

Jeff R

September 4th, 2012
4:16 pm

Medlen has been simply remarkable.

Wink

September 4th, 2012
4:16 pm

First congrat to Medlin.

The success he is having is that he is not afraid to pitch. The mentality of a reliever is to put the fire out or contain the damage. This guy has taken that to the mound. Could our closer do this, probably not, he would blow his arm out with only one of two pitches. But a low velocity pitcher, with multiple pitches, confidence, get ball & throw ball and closer mentality equals Medlin. Should he get base runners he just assumes relief pitcher role, attacks & put fire out. So basically he is not surprised or overwhelmed by anything that happens on the mound.

Now for FrediG, he is not comfortable or confident. He takes Constanza out of LF for Johnson. Johnson was brought in to help off the bench for right handed pinch hitter. I believe Constanza was brought for speed and defense in LF. Did he not see the game yesterday the Braves scored 3 runs without the benefit of a hit. Speed caused multiple errors by Rockies defense. Why not try that again. Who cares if they bring out a lefty, speed puts points on the board. Fredi should check back to last year when he put Constanza back on the bench and we blew an 8 game lead….just saying!

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
4:17 pm

My wife ordered Domino’s…..

An FG-like brain lock.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 4th, 2012
4:17 pm

Can’t see Uggla being traded until after the 2014 season…

Efrim, I could see some team taking a chance on Uggla and giving up/taking on enough for it to be worth the Braves’ while. I’m not saying it’s likely but I wouldn’t be surprised.

If you can find someone to do that, let them have Tommy too… :?

DAP

September 4th, 2012
4:17 pm

getting janish was a great move by wren, who, by the way, has been doing an excellent job this season.

Shaun

September 4th, 2012
4:18 pm

Efrim, I should have specified what I meant by Derek Lowe type deal. I just meant moving him for some salary relief, paying some of his salary and perhaps not getting back a whole lot. I didn’t mean an exact replica of the Lowe trade. My fault. I didn’t make it clear.

And I know I’m being rather vague. I think a lot of what the Braves should require in a Uggla trade depends on their budget situation going in to the offseason (which could depend on how far they make it in the playoffs) and how they want to construct the rest of the roster and what they want to do at other positions.

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:18 pm

Efrim, I could see some team taking a chance on Uggla and giving up/taking on enough for it to be worth the Braves’ while. I’m not saying it’s likely but I wouldn’t be surprised.

I guess. He does have 80 walks on the season. And did have a strong April/May. Braves would have to eat half the contract, I imagine.

$6.6 million of savings per year 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Widespread panic

September 4th, 2012
4:20 pm

Some friends at the Chophouse yesterday marvelled at the Braves dominating on a MONDAY. I just replied, “Don’t mess with the Medlen.” The mojo he’s got working is seldom seen in sport. Here’s to riding it deep into the postseason.

MFin04

September 4th, 2012
4:20 pm

“I just meant moving him for some salary relief”

Doesn’t make sense to move him. He is likely to bounce back and with no Chipper at third, Prado really isn’t an option at 2nd.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

Uggla has to go….

I think it happens. Someone will be foolish enough to take the chance.

Rick C

September 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

Wink, speed isn’t that useful when you only have a 250 OBP.

Efrim

September 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

And I know I’m being rather vague. I think a lot of what the Braves should require in a Uggla trade depends on their budget situation going in to the offseason (which could depend on how far they make it in the playoffs) and how they want to construct the rest of the roster and what they want to do at other positions.

This makes more sense. The Uggla trade, if one were to happen, needs to fall in line with how they see the roster shaping up for 2013. Can’t just trade the guy and play Tyler Pastornicky at 2nd base. Needs to make sense and a productive bat needs to replace him. I am not for just trading the guy and paying part of the salary. There is more than a .700 OPS to this guy. Too produictive for too long just to be completely cooked. And I didn’t even like the contract extension, but I understand what they were going for at the time.

Hillbilly

September 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

By my figuring (and assuming Charlie Manuel skips his 5th starter on their off day) the Braves have a stretch of games coming up in mid-September where they will face:

Ross Detwiler, Edwin Jackson, Gio Gonzalez, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels in that order.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

Medlin
Constanzo
Yawnish
Bourne
Fredi Freeman
Freddie gonzalez
Mcann
Kimbril
O’Flaherity

Anyone else whose name gets regularly butchered around here? lol

cricket

September 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

Bat Masterson

September 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

I think a lot of what the Braves should require in a Uggla trade depends on their budget situation going in to the offseason (which could depend on how far they make it in the playoffs) and how they want to construct the rest of the roster and what they want to do at other positions.

on how well armed they are. I’ll kick in one colt 45 revolver.

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