Braves blank Miami 3-0 as Medlen wins again

MIAMI – Braves pitcher Kris Medlen is operating in lofty territory these days, and Wednesday night he and Chipper Jones were lumped in the same sentence with a couple of legendary New York Yankees.

Medlen allowed four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in eight innings of a 3-0 win against Miami at Marlins Park, his 14th consecutive win as a starter, dating to 2009, and the Braves’ 21st consecutive win in games he has started.

“Medlen threw the crap out of the ball,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Maybe one of the best pitchers we faced. He’s got great stuff. Everything is strikes. He mixes his pitches very well. He attacked the strike zone, attacked the hitters.”

The Braves are the first team in nearly six decades to go unbeaten in that many starts by one pitcher, since the Yankees won 22 in a row by the Whitey Ford.

“It’s awesome,” Medlen said. “My wife’s told me and a couple of people have said some of the names I’m being mentioned with. Whitey Ford? Come on. Don’t even say it…. Anytime you can get mentioned in the same sentence as guys like that, it’s really cool. I just try not to get too ahead of myself, just focus on the goal at hand, which is trying to make the playoffs.”

The Braves built a 3-0 lead after three innings, and in his final Miami game, Jones singled in the third to tie Lou Gehrig for 58th place on the career hits list with 2,721.

“Lou’s a big one — that’s the Iron Horse, man,” Jones said. “Just really honored to have as many hits in my career as one of the greatest in the game. Now we’ve got to work on passing him.”

Craig Kimbrel collected his league-leading 38th save for the Braves, who got their 12th win in 17 games and trimmed their “magic number” to clinch a postseason berth to five. Any combination of five Braves wins or Dodgers losses would assure the Braves of at least a wild-card slot.

The Braves are five games behind Washington in the National League East standings after the Nationals split a Wednesday doubleheader with the Dodgers.

Medlen (9-1) improved to 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 10 starts since moving from the bullpen to the Braves’ rotation July 31. After winning the National League Pitcher of the Month award in August, he is 3-0 with an 0.90 ERA in four September starts, with 34 strikeouts and only four walks in 28 innings.

“He was really good,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Medlen, who threw 66 strikes in 99 strikes. “Commanded the strike zone on both sides of the plate. We played some good D behind him. But that’s a by-product of Medlen pounding the strike zone, getting the ball, throwing the ball over and keeping the guys on their toes.”

The 5-foot-11 California native is 13-0 in 24 starts since the beginning of the 2010 season and 14-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 26 starts dating to May 31, 2009, his third major league game.

The Braves have won 21 consecutive games started by the right-hander dating to 2009, Medlen’s rookie season. The Yankees won 22 consecutive starts during 1950 and 1953 by Ford, who missed the two seasons between while serving in the military.

“I think it’s just kind of happened that way,” Medlen said of the streak. “They [Braves] go to battle for me, I go to battle for them. It’s just kind of worked out. I don’t know, just take it a game at a time. I haven’t gotten ahead of myself.”

Before Medlen, the franchise record was 15 consecutive wins in games started by John Smoltz in 1996.

Since moving from the bullpen to the rotation, Medlen allowed one or no runs in eight of nine starts before Wednesday and two runs in the other start. So after the Braves scored a run in each of the first three innings against the Marlins’ Josh Johnson, they had to like their chances.

“We manufactured a run that first inning, did the same the next couple of innings,” Medlen said. “It was huge. Anytime you go against a guy like that, with what his ERA was the last two or three years, he’s a dude you know you’ve got to bring you’re ‘A’ game with. He’s a tough pitcher and we manufactured some runs.”

Johnson (8-13) was charged with three runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. He has a 3.01 ERA with nine quality starts in his past 11 games, but only a 3-6 record in that span due to poor run support.

“We pitched well but Medlen threw better,” Guillen said. “This kid, wow. He put on a show out there.”

Leadoff man Michael Bourn, batting .165 in his past 27 games before Wednesday, started the game with a double, and the Braves played textbook baseball to get him home. Martin Prado’s sacrifice bunt moved him to third, and Jason Heyward’s sacrifice fly put the Braves ahead 1-0.

In the second inning, resurgent Dan Uggla drew a one-out walk — his league-leading 89th — and stole second base before scoring on Jose Constanza’s two-out single.

“It was a good job by the offense getting some runs off Josh early, running his pitch count up,” Jones said. “You had a feeling coming in here tonight that runs would be at a premium. Bourny did a good job in the first leading off, we manufactured a run in the first, and Constanza with a  couple of hits kind of kick-started things.

“It was a big win for us, especially after last night [4-3, 10-inning loss], a game when we didn’t feel like we hit particularly well, at least until the ninth. And we let that one slip away, so it was good to get the series win.”

The Braves pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third after Prado led off with a walk. After Jones singled with one out, Freddie Freeman had a sacrifice fly.

“We manufactured the first two runs,” said Gonzalez, whose team has struggled in that department for much of the season. “Got a leadoff double, get him over, get him in on the sac fly by J-Hey. Next inning, the same thing. We had first and third and got a sac fly by Freeman a couple of innings later.

“This is the time of the season we need to be doing that. Every run in the postseason is going to be hard. You’re going to be scrapping for them. You get those opportunities, you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

89 comments Add your comment

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
9:54 pm

LOL!!

David, I see the expected dominance of Kris Medlen has rewarded you with another quick release trigger on the post-game column!

Kris Medlen — a sport’s beat writer’s best friend!

Miami Dave

September 19th, 2012
9:54 pm

Enter your comments hereSo good to be a Braves fan down here on South Beach!!!

Michael

September 19th, 2012
9:56 pm

Keep up your great work, Medlen. We love you!

technut

September 19th, 2012
10:00 pm

Wow…Whitey Ford’s record broken!

Burgess

September 19th, 2012
10:06 pm

I’ve been trying to defend Freddi, but he makes it tough. Twice in the last week, he’s cost us a run by not running for McCann in the late innings. I’m glad it didn’t cost us a game this time.

crackbaby

September 19th, 2012
10:08 pm

Medlen reminds me of a slightly more athletic, less professor-ish version of Greg Maddux. Make sense?

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:08 pm

No, that’s not really what David O’Brien is writing. He is saying that no one has had his team win this many in a row since Whitey Ford. But, Lefty Grove won 21 in a row years before Ford did it.

Both Carl Hubbell and Whitey Ford had their teams win 22 in a row. So, Kris Medlen would need to have the Braves win his next start to tie these two hall of famer’s.

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Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:11 pm

Greg Maddux simply did not look athletic. But, he was a very nimble person and an outstanding pitcher and fielder, and even respectable at the plate for a pitcher. Remember all the many Gold Gloves he won!

bravesgrl4life

September 19th, 2012
10:11 pm

Awesome game!

Keith

September 19th, 2012
10:12 pm

Truly legendary what Medlen is doing.

I say that Medlen is definitely the FAVORITE to start the WC one-game with Huddy starting the Division series and Medlen pitching on short rest, whatever that would be. :)

Go BRAVES!

Larry

September 19th, 2012
10:19 pm

Oh please, the Braves beat the Marlins. Whoop dee do. Anyone could beat the Marlins. Fredi is incompetent and we all know it. Wait until the Braves have to play the Dodgers or Cardinals in the wild card playoff. His lack of understanding of the basics of baseball will be on prominent display. If you doubt me, just remember that I’ve called it all season. The Braves are going nowhere as long as Fredi is the manager. I can see flaws in the team that I could fix, but the idiot manager won’t respect my emails. Go down in flames, Fredi. I knew you would.

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:25 pm

Well, I know where Liesure Suit Larry wound up after his video game fizzed out! LOL!!

John w

September 19th, 2012
10:27 pm

I’ve refrained from attacking Freddi until tonite. When he didn’t pinch run for Bryan in the eighth inning I lost all respect for him. What a moron!!

Larry

September 19th, 2012
10:29 pm

Has anyone ever tried to fart into a ziplock bag and then seal it? Does it work? What size bag should I use: gallon or quart?

I’ve got some real clarity in my anti-Freddi stream of conscious and I want to preserve some of these thoughts for the next Braves loss

Miami Dave

September 19th, 2012
10:31 pm

You are so right Larry; the Braves have the 4th best record in baseball and are going nowhere fast! And to think that Fredi won’t answer your e-mails…. Would you like a little cheese with that whine Larry?

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:33 pm

Braves Magic number for the Wild Card (Cards to have home field advantage):

Cardinals: 7 (leading in tonight’s game with Astros)

Dodgers: 5 (second game of Nats doubleheader in play)

Brewers: 5

Pirates: 3

Phillies: 3

Diamondbacks: 3

Padres got mathematically eliminated tonight. No other teams in the NL are in the running.

For the record, the Nationals’ magic number over the Braves stands at 9.

The Braves have only 12 games remaining to play. Including tonight’s second game of the doubleheader, the Nats have 15 left to play!

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:35 pm

Depends upon how “full of it” you truly are Larry. And only you can know!

Puma

September 19th, 2012
10:35 pm

Larry I think it might work better for you if you just burp into the bag, and maybe go for the hefty yard clippings size

Mikey

September 19th, 2012
10:35 pm

“Slightly more athletic Maddox” won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves, so I guess Medlen is a combination of Ozzie Smith and Albert Einstein with 21 consecutive team wins when starting.

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:40 pm

Dodgers went to the bottom of the eighth inning leading 6-0, coughed up 6 runs, and then scored in the top of the ninth to take a 7-6 lead! Dodgers still batting in the ninth.

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ChipperisGod

September 19th, 2012
10:43 pm

Good win tonight, very nice fundamental baseball tonight, and glad Bourn got the game going right and we did all the right things to score him. Constanza has a really nice hit to score Uggla, and we made Johnson work pretty hard. Missed some opportunities, but we capitalized enough to win.

Also, how about that play by Martin? UNBELIEVABLE! Jeter-esque. I said it last night and I’ll say it again. If there’s anyone I’m investing in on this team long term, it’s Martin Prado.

Meds wasn’t as sharp as he is normally, but still pitched very well, got through some adversity and how about that curveball he struck out Lee with? Masterful.

Go Braves!

Keith

September 19th, 2012
10:44 pm

Re: Larry

While I wasn’t completely thrilled about his managing job last year and the collapse, I’ll have to disagree this year. He’s done a much better job. He gets credit for managing the bullpen better, making adjustments when needed, and coaching each player and their ego after last year’s disaster.

He won’t win Manager of the Year, but he’ll be a top 3 finalist.

smoke sausages anyone

September 19th, 2012
10:44 pm

Great win by Medlen he doin so well frank wren will Trade to some team next year as soon as Possible be….for some kid who was a all american hotdog and some xtras back…you watch and Larry call your doctor soon!

Keith

September 19th, 2012
10:44 pm

Yes, MARTIN PRADO is the team’s MVP!!!!

Mikey

September 19th, 2012
10:51 pm

Ignore Larry as he inhales his flatulence to gain baseball stategy wisdom

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:59 pm

Dodgers get the win in the second game of today’s twin bill with the Nats.

So, the magic numbers over the Dodgers remains at 5 and the Nats’ nagic number over the Braves remains at 9.

Nats now have 14 games remaining.

trbaves

September 19th, 2012
10:59 pm

I was at all 3 games and i come away impressed by PRADO!! WOW
The guy looks natural at any position you play him – sign this guy to an extension.

This ballpark hurt our offense…many balls to deep CF wdve been HR’s in Turner..

Overall pitching was very good….let 1 game slip away

MEDLEN has to start the 1 game playoff if we don’t manage to steal de Division

Paul In Richmond

September 19th, 2012
11:04 pm

Medlin and Huddy win games because they both add base hits to this batting order!

GB's Hamburgers

September 19th, 2012
11:06 pm

Larry, don’t put your head in a plastic bag. You lose oxygen and then comes the stinking thinking. May I suggest the Billy Bob Thornton movie “The Smell of Success”.

Jerry Willard

September 19th, 2012
11:16 pm

Larry…you are such a PENIS.
Go Braves!

Quicherbichin

September 19th, 2012
11:25 pm

Nice to see that others are beginning to see Larry for the flatulent worm he is. He played Little League baseball for 9 years, managed to have a .067 batting average and this qualifies him to know more about Major League Baseball than those paid to do the job.

BobDawg

September 19th, 2012
11:38 pm

DOB…. I would like to know why FG did not have a pinch runner on for Brian M. after his single in the 9th….. We score a big insurance run with Johnson doubling after that with a speedy runner…. I thought maybe he did not want to have a catcher come in and mess with Medlen’s game but he took Kris out (why??) so it was a wash at that point… Still not sure why Medlen could not have started the ninth and tried for the complete game>>>>

AzCat

September 19th, 2012
11:45 pm

Please don’t feed the troll. Thank you.

Medlen HAS to start the one-game WC matchup, totally agree with you, trbraves.

Who Me?

September 20th, 2012
12:05 am

Medlen wins 2 more this season and he beats Whitey’s record cold. pretty damn stunning. Kind of raising the bar for the staff.

Great W tonight, really sucks we blew it last night. Keep an eye on the Reds, they’re making a run. Would be great if we could win out and apply some real pressure to the Nats.

Chip's mousse

September 20th, 2012
12:06 am

Keep scoring some runs and Fredi won’t matter.

old salt

September 20th, 2012
2:32 am

It is your not you’re. You are an idiot if you don’t know the difference. Great game Braves!

TONETONE

September 20th, 2012
3:56 am

LARRY———Did you manage to crawl on the back of a pick-up truck
and fall off and drag about 100 yards? Man, you are the worst thing
next to www wrestling! I bet you think that’s real wrestling! You
probably still has the “EIGHT TRACK TAPES AND A BETA PLAYER”.
Are you related to the”THREE STOOGES”? I bet you still wear plaid
bell-bottoms paints and 6″ platform shoes! “KING KONG” probably
is your hero.

Burgess

September 20th, 2012
5:38 am

Somebody please tell Fredi that from the 7th inning on, in a close game….please run for McCann. In september, there are at least 2 other catchers on the roster. Twice in the last week, it’s cost the Braves a run….by not running for him. Unbelievable !

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Rick in Macon

September 20th, 2012
6:52 am

Kimbrel wasn’t very sharp…there’s no reason Medlin shouldn’t have finished the game. Fredi pinch-hits for him and gets what? Nothing. Now you bring in Kimbrel when it was totally unnecessary as Medlin was in complete control of the game. I hope Kimbrel doesn’t melt down like last year.

atlbbqclub

September 20th, 2012
7:02 am

Should Braves play to win division, or rest folks for playoff game? It’s a tough one.. I think go for division..9 is not totally out of the question with Nats tough schedule. Plus whats the point of resting for only one game.

don’t like the one game playoff any chance it could be changed in the future?

Paddy

September 20th, 2012
7:05 am

Elias Sports and the AJC need to do this research. Very, very few pitchers under 6′00″ can claim what Medlin has done in the Modern Era of baseball. It wll be interesting to know where Medlin falls in this catagory What makes it more astounding is that he is not left handed. Everybody knows that there is no such thing as a ‘crafty righthander’

Ekim

September 20th, 2012
7:24 am

My son and I were at a game earlier this year, and the guy sitting behind us was whining about how Dan Uggla wouldn’t listen to him try to tell him what was wrong with his batting approach. Now we have Larry saying that the manager doesn’t answer his emails. Who do these people think they are???

Nothing can stop us were Atlanta'a Air Force, Nothing Can Stop Us Nothing Can Stop Us Nothing Can Stop Us Were Atlanta's Air Force GO HAWKS!!!

September 20th, 2012
7:27 am

Man it will be hard not to have medlen start in the play in game. However I am curious do we think we should put that pressure on the young guy? What happens if we throw him out there and the pressure gets him and gives up 7 runs, and we lose badly. I guess we cannot win either way, if we throw Hudson out there and we lose, we would get questions on why we did not give the ball to Medlen. Same as if we give the ball to Medlen and lose, we hear young guy wasnt ready to much pressure. I just would hate to see Medlen get shelled and then his sykey damaged, remember “Oops Conrad” : (

Black Boortz

September 20th, 2012
7:46 am

Medlen’s doing GREAT, and I love it. But can we please stop with the Maddux comparisons? Medlen is on a great run; Maddux had a great HOF career. I’m not saying Medlen can’t or won’t be great. Let’s allow Medlen to Medlen, because if we begin to look at him as Maddux-like, without doubt, we WILL be disappointed.

PaulG

September 20th, 2012
7:49 am

Amazing….time to rejoice but ~25 % of the blogs have something to whine about!

JT

September 20th, 2012
7:50 am

BobDawg I fully agree with you on McCann should have been pulled for pinch runner. You question was “why” well the answer is pretty easy! Fredi is an “IDIOT” and doing things like this was the reason Florida Marlins Fired him.

I would like to know the number of games he has cost the Braves this season with dumb ass moves like that one. Pastronecky could have scored from first on that hit. Brian looked like an elephant running around the bases. Its not like we did not have a catcher that could have caught the last inning, and not given up a thing. Just watching Fredi and his lack of managing skills, makes one wonder how the Braves have gotten this far.

BobDawg

September 20th, 2012
8:03 am

JT, not only that but (not sure of Medlen’s pitch count) but why not have Medlen finish the game or at least start the 9th and bring Kimbrel in only if needed… I know FG explained his reasoning but still baffled me….

BobDawg

September 20th, 2012
8:03 am

JT, not only that but (not sure of Medlen’s pitch count) but why not have Medlen finish the game or at least start the 9th and bring Kimbrel in only if needed… I know FG explained his reasoning but still baffled me….

longtimefan

September 20th, 2012
8:14 am

Any blogger who thinks they could do a better job managing ANY major league sports team better than the existing manager/coach is a fool, delusional or maybe just a moron. Same goes for all the “experts” who believe they could fix a players swing when they are in a slump because they played HS baseball and have watched the Braves for 10 years. It’s not that easy folks. Reminds me of a story I heard about golf Pro Ams. A professional golfer said they hate it when the amateurs give them “tips” on how to play certain holes because it’s their home course. The pro said they could tell more about the course by looking at the yardage book and looking at the hole than the amateur who had been hacking around the course for 20 years. The truth. It’s like patients going to WebMD and telling their doctor the diagnosis and treatment. Leave the managing to Fredi. Trust me- he knows a whole lot more about it than you, Larry.

longtimefan

September 20th, 2012
8:16 am

JT-read above post and meditate,;it will come to you.

DaculaJones

September 20th, 2012
8:41 am

Fredi, in his office just before the game……

What am I going to do?

Larry hasn’t sent me his daily email with today’s line up and his insightful negative advise.

Now I don’t know what to do.

HELP ME LARRY ! ! ! !

Mikey

September 20th, 2012
9:10 am

LTF: I think questioning or challenging strategies and decisions made by ML managers or doctors and hospitals is a very worthwhile debate. Many on this blog are very passionate about their opinion and often wrong with the facts, but I doubt Fredie or Frank get their advice from Larry.

coach k

September 20th, 2012
9:24 am

Sumpin special going on her Lucy……. Great job Bravos, keep manufactering runs, Fredi its ok to pinch run for Mac, could have used that run, otherwise lets go bury the Phils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Playoffs Did I Say Playoffs?

September 20th, 2012
9:30 am

Yes, it’s me…back from last year. Can anyone tell me why Carlos Lee runs along with the runner on his way from first to second? I noticed that Lee does this on extra base hits after the runner crosses first Lee picks him up & runs with him. What’s the deal?

bravofan

September 20th, 2012
9:31 am

I think a lot of you just look for something to bash fredi over. When was the last time the best closer in the game gave up three runs? Not this year! Every run is an insurance run but its not like we were winning 1 0 or anything. most of you critics dont know crap about baseball and must live a miserable life to have to put people down and criticize them all the time. Must suck to be u larry!

FBGuy

September 20th, 2012
9:40 am

Lay off FG, guys. Look where this team is; there is no September swoon, the spirits are high, and a wild card slot at least is coming up. And you want to fire the manager? Crazies.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 20th, 2012
9:44 am

Who exactly was to run for McCann? I can understand maybe having one of the worthless people batting after Reed Johnson like Hinske, or Overbay. Instead Fredi went with Baker, which I think would have been the best choice off the bench to keep the inning alive.

That said the bench now has the following people available. Hinske, Ross, Boscan, Pastornicky, Overbay, Fransisco, and pitchers. The only likely candidate on that list is Pastornicky, and the only person able to play 2nd and SS if something bad were to happen would also be Pastornicky. Considering our luck at SS of late, a 3 run lead, and the best bull pen in the majors. I believe this was the right call, even though McCann would have trouble scoring from 1st on a HR the possibility of that run wasn’t the ball game.

DaltonBrave

September 20th, 2012
9:48 am

Well done, Medlen, simply masterful. And I want to personally thank the offense for giving Medlen a little run support as well.

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
9:48 am

Lary @10:29pm…………..Don’t even try it, you are so full of doo-doo, there cannot possibly be any room in your body, for any gas. haha
That’s not the real Larry, anyhow.

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
9:51 am

JT – I would like to know the number of games he has cost the Braves this season with dumb ass moves like that one.

I have perfomed some statistical analysis, analyzed various computer models, and consulted with many expert baseball scouts. After doing all of this, I conclude that the number of dumbass moves executed by Fredi this season has cost the Braves exactly 0.6784567 number of games. A report detailing my conclusion will soon follow.

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
9:55 am

JT @7:50am……..Pinch running for McCann would have been a good idea imo, but using Pastornicky as the pinch-runner, would not have been a good strategic move.
I agree with Joe Simpson, any player of the rooster probably could have scored on that play, except McCann with his knee problems.

bravesgrl4life

September 20th, 2012
10:15 am

Thank you for your logical, succinct response to the folks asking why there was no pinch runner for Mac, Semper Fi Braves Fan. I understand griping if that had cost the game, but it didn’t, so what is the point of debating it?

Also, you know Kimbrel just likes to keep things interesting.

bravesgrl4life

September 20th, 2012
10:16 am

S F Braves Fan, the last part of my last post wasn’t directed to you. It was more for the person(s) saying Medlen should have been left in for the 9th and that Kimbrel wasn’t so sharp.

coach k

September 20th, 2012
10:16 am

I for one was very critcal of Fredi last yr. I have to tip my cap, did I just say that, to how he has handled the time off for position as well as pitchers. Folks Strasburg is shut down and Medi is dominating, both had the same surgery a week apart. Looks like the cards will be our foe, unless Wash can fall apart for us… Lets go get our SWAGGER ON THIS WEEKEND and bury thd Phillies….Go Braves WS bound baby

ideasbm

September 20th, 2012
10:35 am

We would have been in first or closer if Medlen had been starting sooner. Why did Freddie keep starting that straight as an arrow fastball Delgado while he kept Medlen in the bullpen. Oh I think they said to save his arm because of the operation….excuse me it had to be something else because they let him go 8 or 9 innings now that Freddi sees how wrong he was. Wonder why I could see this and him being a great baseball manager could not????

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
10:45 am

Maybe, because you are genius?
Haha, just kidding, you’re not.
go braves

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
10:47 am

Sorry, just to good of a setup, to resist.

older1

September 20th, 2012
11:05 am

Gotta get these catchers well before the playoffs, we r going to need them both.

Virginia Jim

September 20th, 2012
11:19 am

Larry: Get a life and don’t quit your daytime job

Mikey

September 20th, 2012
12:09 pm

Tim Hudson could have pinch run for McCann and crossed home plate before the relay man touched the ball in that ballpark. No way you put a guy with a bad knee/hammy injury in that situation regardless of the score or the ultimate outcome. McCann will be hitting off the bench for the balance of the season and playoffs so Fredie better have a plan cause Mccann can still rake!

Dum-Bass

September 20th, 2012
12:17 pm

“Burgess” you are very observant and perceptive. The Braves are winning in spite of Fredi G, not because of him. Just wait, he still has lots of time to screw it up, and I’m betting he does.

I'm the Slime

September 20th, 2012
12:29 pm

Assuming the Braves want to set up a postseason rotation of Medlen, Hudson, Minor, and Maholm, here is what I expect looking through Game 3 of NLDS.

9/20 – Off
9/21 @ PHL – Hanson
9/22 @ PHL – Minor
9/23 @ PHL – Maholm
9/24 – Off
9/25 v MIA – Medlen (on 5 days rest)
9/26 v MIA – Hudson (long rest)
9/27 v MIA – Minor
9/28 v NYM – Maholm
9/29 v NYM – Hanson (his final start of season)
9/30 v NYM – Medlen
10/1 @ PIT – Hudson
10/2 @ PIT – Minor
10/3 @ PIT – Maholm (last day of season)
10/4 – Off
10/5 Wildcard – Medlen
10/6 NLDS G1 – Hudson
10/7 NLDS G2 – Minor
10/8 NLDS G3 – Maholm

From this point, nothing is certain. Maybe Hanson? Medlen on short rest?

Joshua

September 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

Slime,

I think you only start Medlen on short rest in the NLDS if the Braves are down 2-1. If they are up 2-1, you go with Hanson.

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

You want a win in the Wild Card game. There is only one thing to do: find a way to activate the one and only DRAGON SLAYER, Kenshin Kawakami!!

Greg

September 20th, 2012
2:05 pm

What happened to Brian McCann’s glasses?

Steve

September 20th, 2012
2:43 pm

3 run lead, top of the ninth, and you’ve got the best closer in the game….. If the worst thing you can come up with to complain about is not pinch running for the catcher, I’d say we’re in pretty good shape. That being said, I could have scored from first on that hit, and I’m 39 and a bit overweight.

Skeezix

September 20th, 2012
3:06 pm

Medlen has been outstanding. I am so glad the Braves finally inserted him in the rotation and man has he ever blossomed. Take him out of the equation and where would we be right now?

He has Maddux like potential. Maddux should be mentoring him (if he is not already).

BobDawg

September 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

Slime, I agree with Joshua based on the series lead at the time… What would be cool is if we score 5-6 runs early in the WC game and we could pull Medlen after 3 or 4 innings to set him up better for the Division series….

BartBuzz

September 20th, 2012
3:47 pm

I know it’s dumb to say this but Medlen deserves Cy Young consideration. The guy has been beyond unbelievable. Let’s just hope he continues to be lights out. The Braves definitely need a break with starting pitchers. JJ went belly up. Hanson hasn’t lived up to expectations. And who can forget the bust with Lowe and Kawakami? It’s beginning to look like the Braves future will be Beachy, Minor and Medlen. I’m not sure about Huddy based on his second half performance. Now all we need is someone to be half the player Chipper is.

Von Trapp

September 20th, 2012
3:56 pm

Das Larry needs to crawl us his own Axx and inhale his baseball wisdom and share with all of das baseball world. :)

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

Slime, what is your plan if the Braves have to play a tie-breaker game at the end of the season?
Say what? haha.
go braves

Speedy Gonzalez

September 20th, 2012
5:26 pm

Medlen starts the wild card game its a no brainer, write him in in ink for Oct. 5 Fredi. if we lose we want to lose with our best, dont give us this Huddy is a veteran & has earned it bull !

frito bandido

September 20th, 2012
5:46 pm

Larry and all others baseball experts, that every day show how little you
know about the game, am sure that you not only belive in your sick mind
that you know more about the game that the professionals do, but feel sorry
for the people that have to deal with you in other aspect of your life. Braves
are playing great, with no bench, 2 starting pitchers in DL, a second basement and the regular catcher hitting arouind 230, and a 40 year old playing with one leg in his last years, Larry why you go ahead and compare all the others team with better players and very find managers and see where they are in the standing,

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

DeeWayne,

Are you still sore, from our exchange of barbs a couple of days ago, in which you had your azz handed to you? hahahahahahahaha and ha.
Are you going to use some of your filthy language again?
Hope not.

haaaaahaaaa.

Paddy

September 21st, 2012
7:02 am

Playoffs did I say playoffs……………I can ans your question about Lee trailing the runner to 2nd base. It is his defensive asignment to follow the runner when both the ss & 2nd baseman have gone into the outfield either for a chance of a double cutoff or tweener that may draw both out of position.

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