Braves quotes after Wednesday’s Medlen win vs. Miami

**KRIS MEDLEN

On Braves building a 3-0 lead in first three innings

“We manufactured a run that first inning, did the same the next couple of innings. 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.”

How’d you feel tonight?

“I felt good. I didn’t necessarily have that two-seamer coming back to lefties; I was kind of pulling it a little bit. But overall, I felt great. Just tried to get a feel for the game, see if they were going to be aggressive or patient, and just kind of mixed and matched.”

You don’t seem stressed about the mounting win streak in your starts (21 Braves wins in a row in his starts)

“It’s awesome. My wife’s told me, there’s been a couple of people tell me who I’m being talked about with. Whitey Ford? Let’s go. Come on. Don’t even say it. I think it’s just kind of happened that way, 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. I’m really just trying to take it a game at a time.”

Do you just try to ignore it as the streaks grow?

“I don’t necessarily ignore it. I mean, I think it’s awesome. Any time you can get in the same sentence as guys like that, it’s really cool. Like I said, I just try not to get too ahead of myself, just focus on the goal at hand, which is trying to make the playoffs. Every five days I’m going to go out and try to do my thing. If that leads to more wins, then it does.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen when I lose; you guys aren’t going to talk to me. [Laughter.] But yeah, I just go out there and try to win every time. That’s the goal. You have a game plan every time. Pay attention to scouting reports. I mean, it’s just all Groundhog Day. It’s the same thing every day. Just a different lineup. You attack guys and see what happens.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On Medlen and Whitey Ford stat (Braves first team to win 21 consecutive starts by a pitcher since Yankees’ 22 w/ Ford)

“That’s good company to be in. Medlen continues to just plug along. I don’t think he was as sharp as we’ve seen him in his most recent starts, but it was still good enough to shut out a major league ballclub for eight innings. You didn’t see a ton of balls hit on barrels. I know they got some hits off of him.”

On team’s 3-0 lead after 3 innings

“It was a good job by the offense getting some runs off Josh early, running his pitch count up. 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, 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 against JJ and the Marlins.”

On manufacturing runs better than have much of season

“When you get in the postseason you’re facing Josh Johnsons. Maybe not him per se, but guys like him, guys that are very stingy with earned runs. And you’ve got to get a leadoff batter on and bunt him over, move him over, get a big base hit here and there, a sacrifice fly, it’s huge. The last time we were down here Josh stuck it to us, and we were able to jump on top today, which was nice.

“We made an adjustment against Josh. He gets so many swings and misses on that back-foot slider, down and in to lefties. You didn’t see a lot of swings on those. I know he got a couple, but not near what he’s got in the past against us.”

“You could tell by the swings we were taking in the first three innings that we were getting in predictable counts and getting pitches we wanted to hit, and putting them in play.”

On tying Lou Gehrig for 58th on all-time hits list

“Lou’s a big one. That’s the Iron Horse, man. 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.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Medlen

“He was really good. Commanded the strike zone on both sides of the plate. We played some good D behind him. I thought Prado made some nice plays at shortstop filling in. Bourny ran a ball down there in left-center field in the eighth inning. We played good defense. 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.”

Think about leaving Medlen in instead of pinch-hitting for him?

“You always think about that. But he was going to come out no matter what. It was one of those things where you’ve got the middle of the lineup [coming up], arguably the best closer in baseball. You don’t want to bring him in in the middle of an inning. That kind of stuff always goes into the equation. So we decided to give the ball to Kimbrel.”

On jumping to 3-0 lead on Josh Johnson after three innings

“We manufactured the first two runs. 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.

“We worked [Johnson] pretty good. He had about 100 pitches in the fifth inning and kept getting deep into counts. We had some good at-bats. To get three runs off JJ, you’re doing something.”

With postseason nearing, how encouraging to manufacture runs, something Braves have struggled to do?

“It’s good. 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.”

On Bourn’s leadoff double in first

“Those at-bats are getting better. Today he had a couple of good at-bats. Those are good signs. I believe the groundball the other night, he beats that out or the call gets changed differently, those are good things that keep going and building. It’s good at-bats for Bourny today, and we get a day off tomorrow before three against the Phillies.”

On Medlen not panicking when had a runner at third with one out in 1st, or one-out double in 2nd

“It’s like he’s in the backyard. He pitches like he’s in high school. He has fun, he’s always smiling. There’s intensity there, there’s focus, but he doesn’t get spooked. He doesn’t get caught up in the moment. He knows what he wants to do and goes out and does it. It’s fun and refreshing to see a young pitcher do that.”

Prado maybe starting to look like a shortstop to you? (laughter)

“We’ve got to get him out of there before he gets hurt. That’s been like the Bermuda triangle over there at shortstop this year. But yeah, the versatility he has is such a great asset to have, especially in the National League game. And he’s an offensive player, too.”

On his Jeter-like jump and throw to first from the outfield grass

“That was a great play. I didn’t know he had that in him.”

42 comments Add your comment

David from Athens, AL

September 19th, 2012
11:30 pm

Thanks DOB. Are all blogs like the main blog? … so many negative people … i just scan and read your comments and bloggers that have insightful comments which is not many … I see McFann has stopped blogging and I bet because of all the negativity!!! Thanks again

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
11:37 pm

Kudos to Medlen, Constanza, Prado, and Jones. Magic # for clinching 1st Wildcard: Cards 7; LA and Milwk 5; Pitt, Phila, Ariz all 3.

Magic # for Wash to clinch against Braves 9.

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
11:39 pm

All Fredi has to do, move Medlen’s next start to Tuesday against Miami, and he is on target to start the Wild Card playin game. Do it Fredi.

BravesFanInBama

September 19th, 2012
11:42 pm

Seriously, when was the last time the Braves have had a pitcher like Medlen? Was the last time really the G/M/S days???

Kris is just so fun to watch. He works hard each and every start. When they had the man on 3rd after the error on the pick off play I thought, okay, no big deal, just get out of the inning with the one run….I guess Medlen had the better idea to get out of the inning with NO run. Just unreal.

Also, Prado looks truly great at SS. All you haters that said he was not a SS look just plain silly. Just sayin…

Favorite quote:

“I don’t know what’s going to happen when I lose; you guys aren’t going to talk to me.” Great kid!

BobDawg

September 19th, 2012
11:43 pm

thanks, DOB… still would like to know why he did not pinch run for McCann when he singled in the 9th and wound up costing us a run after the next batter doubled…..

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
11:53 pm

BobDawg: You are correct. Fredi is no strategist. Simply should have pitchrun Pastornicky for McCann. Fredi just doesn’t know what to do with expanded rosters.

TB

September 19th, 2012
11:56 pm

Loved this quote from Guillen in the AP story posted on Yahoo:
“Jones got an ovation from the crowd before his last at-bat in Miami, a groundout in the eighth. He tipped his helmet in acknowledgment, though his night wasn’t totally perfect.
He apparently forgot how many outs there were in the third, getting tagged out on a 7-4-3 relay by the Marlins to end the inning.
”That happens with age,” Guillen said.”

Zing!

lee maye

September 20th, 2012
12:01 am

Minor is or should be the #3 pitcher if we make it past the Wild Card game. Maholm #4 if necessary. Hanson never allowed in the game.

Relievers in the playoffs: Kimbrel; O’Flaherty; Venters; Avilan; Durban; Gearin; Moylan

Rest of 14: Jones; Prado; Uggla; Simmons; McCann; Heyward; Bourn; Freeman.
Bench: Constanza, Reed Johnson, Ross, Janish.

And the last 2: Take your pick: Francisco, Baker, Hinske, Overbay, Pastornicky, Boscan

Lobosolo

September 20th, 2012
12:02 am

There you go again, lee mayenot… how is your team doing again?

ChipperisGod

September 20th, 2012
12:04 am

Yeah Fredi made a mistake by not pinching McCann, but in his defense, over the last month and a half, Fredi has done a better job of managing this team. He’s not letting things happen to him anymore and not doing anything about it. He’s going out there and making some adjustments and changes when need be. Although there are still times when I shake my head (tonight on that count included), he’s done a much better job this year.

Brandon

September 20th, 2012
12:07 am

@lee maye – you mean the same way that fredi pinch ran for mccann with pastornicky last night?

with simmons and janish injured, you would waste your only other ss with a 3 run lead and kimbrel coming in in the 9th? Not to mention you would then have to go to another catcher in the bottom of the inning.

Seriously, find a logical reason to bash Fredi

Mister Frisky

September 20th, 2012
12:08 am

They might not choke it after all.

birdo

September 20th, 2012
5:31 am

Prado is the best. Give him some money. He is slowly becoming a franchise player. What a player.

Thomas Brown

September 20th, 2012
7:13 am

He gets $ 5 million a year now. He bats .299 and has 8 home runs and 66 RBI. He’s very good. He’s not like the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Look, we’ve got a $ 82 million dollar payroll. Boston Red Sox 2004 were $ 130 million. You can see the difference and extra $ 50 million gives you. It’s night and day. They had 2 batters over 40 home runs and over 130 RBI. Uh, excuse me – we ain’t got that. They had 2 pitchers 21-6 and 16-9. Kris Medlin is that type pitcher, although he has had all of 9 starts, now and we pay him $ 450k. Now, there is a guy who we need to give some of Dan Uggla’s $ 13 million dollars.

M.B. Jones

September 20th, 2012
7:53 am

I am about sick of all the Fredi haters. IMO he is the NL’s manager of the year. He has made some great decisions the past few weeks. He could have kept Uggla on the bench but chose not to and It’s starting to pay off. He has managed around injuries, has been using great strategy.The team plays hard every night for him. And after last September getting the Braves in the playoffs is no easy task. Just ask Bobby Valentine. I think something special is brewing this October. Give him some credit. Stop the hating.

PaulG

September 20th, 2012
7:58 am

Still running about 20-25 % negative blogs after the win…..now, I don’t expect everyone to be jolly souls, life isn’t like that, but I wonder if it is the same in Cincy, Yankyville etc….a good research project….develop a negativity index & compare other teams fans with the Braves

What do people think? How are good old southern boy brave fans doing in being sourpusses?

Thomas Brown's has caterers

September 20th, 2012
8:02 am

Thomas, are you actually watching the games? Minor is not in over his head. If Medlen had not turned into Kris Maddux, we would all be amazed at Mike Minor’s growth over this season. He will be a solid member of the rotation for years to come. Glad you are not the GM.

Jimmy Crack

September 20th, 2012
8:23 am

Thomas Brown live on a deserted island with a good Wifi and a bad case of player envy.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

September 20th, 2012
8:55 am

@Thomas Brown’s has caterers, 8:02 am: no, Thomas Brown isn’t actually watching the game. had he been watching, he would have seen the stat box they put up last night showing that Minor has the 3rd lowest ERA in the majors (btw, Medlen has the lowest). don’t remember the timeframe they used, but that doesn’t really matter…Minor is doing just fine, despite the fact that the offense can’t score any runs for him.

BobDawg

September 20th, 2012
8:58 am

I’m not a Fredi “hater”…. I think he is perfect for this club and their style of play and temperament… Just would have liked that 4th run up on the board going into the bottom of the ninth…

Quack Quack

September 20th, 2012
9:06 am

Kris Medlen is “The Man”!! “Pay attention to scouting reports. I mean.it’s just all Groundhog Day”
Quote of the day. Thanks DOB great read as always!

Great win by entire TEAM.

GO BRAVES!!! Have a restful day off, come out blasting the Philthys!!

DonofAcworth

September 20th, 2012
9:21 am

Hot dog!! Day of rest for everyone after a great win. Hey, I like that new S.S. with the leaping throw late in the game….that guy can play the game. On our pitcher… well, he’s the ace because he has earned it…. that’s the way you become an ace. It would now be really nice to bop the Phills and take another step up the ladder. GB!

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
9:31 am

Paul G@ 7:58am……….”….develop a negativity index & compare other teams fans with Braves”
Do you think that the people are constantly infesting these blogs, that never ever find find anything positive to say about the Braves, are a legitimate representation of the Braves fans?
I surely do not, and I know a lot of folks that follow the Braves.
go braves
go dodgers

gfc

September 20th, 2012
9:41 am

Thomas Brown, your 3:42a post:

” . . . Paul Maholm $ 5 million played in 9 games with .053 batting average . . . ”

lost every ounce of your credibility. I’m pretty sure – not positive but pretty sure – that Maholm was given that $5m for his pitching ability, not his hitting ability. Question his pitching all you want but if you want the rest of your arguments to have anything resembling validity, at least make sure you’re using the right stats.

Re: the contracts you listed . . . you seem to forget – as do a lot on here – that when the players are given the contracts, the contracts are usually based on what they’ve DONE. Yes, the hope is that they can carry it into the future but nobody – not the players, not the team, not the agents – can predict how they’ll do. Uggla’s extension at the time did not garner the criticism that it does now because his work AT THE TIME seemed to justify it (at least more so then than now).

As for Chipper’s contract, again, your credibility is shot. AT THE TIME it didn’t seem unreasonable – at least to those in the industry. Personally, pro athlete salaries today are absolutely ridiculous. But if you accept the fact that they are what they are, then Chipper has easily earned his this year. You list his 14 homers, costing the Braves $1m each and his 60 RBIs. You didn’t give us a price for those so I’ll do it for you – $233k per RBI or, combining those 2 stats (since, according to you, they’re the only ones that count) $189k per homer or RBI. He’s 2 spots outside of qualifying and would rank #5 in that list. His defense is probably average. His leadership in the clubhouse is better than the coaching staff. And, honestly, with very few exceptions, I think the team is giving every ounce of themselves to try and send him out with a ring.

Until an individual buys the team, the payroll is going to be what it is. The Braves area tax haven for Liberty and that’s not going to change. You can complain about it all you want and armchair quarterback all day long but you’re not going to get your $120m payroll. And I don’t know that the attendance will EVER justify it – this is a an abysmal baseball town. We will never have the attendance that Philly or Chicago or NY has – just won’t happen.

The Brave Californian

September 20th, 2012
9:45 am

You REALLY don’t want to start Hudson in a do-or-die wild card game. The man is just not that reliable anymore. If it’s win or go home, Medlen is the man to have on the mound.

Brave New World

September 20th, 2012
10:02 am

In a do or die one game playoff, there is only one choice for starter: Medlen. Hudson has been a very solid starter throughout his career, but Medlen is currently the most dominant starter in baseball. Hudson is prone to giving up 3-5 runs then settling down. The problem with that is we will be facing the other team’s ace, and our offense may have trouble scoring enough runs to win the game. Medlen gives us our best shot at keeping the other team to a few or no runs.

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
10:14 am

Thomas Brown’s main point is that there is no hope and that the Braves’ season is basically done. I just don’t know how he can be so sure to make such a proclamation. On another blog, I read another poster’s theory regarding this type of attitude which makes some sense. He suggested that some folks protect their fragile egos by deciding ahead of time that all is futile as they cannot handle disappointment very well. He opined that “it is wussiness that fuels their predictions.”

I do appreciate all the hard wark, TB, into comparing today’s Braves with the 2004 Red Sox. You make compelling points that the Red Sox had more resources and were better than today’s Braves. But that still does not mean that the season is over and there is no hope.

there are a certain number of folks out there who are such sissies that they can not handle disappointment well at all, so they protect their fragile egos by deciding ahead of time that all is futile. Thus if things go bad they already expect it and it hurts their lil’ feelingies less, and if they go well it is an unexpected pick-me-up.
thus it really isn’t omniscience, but wussiness that fuels their predictions…..

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
10:15 am

Sorry about the extra verbiage

AGTFan

September 20th, 2012
10:21 am

I always enjoy reading the comments on the DOB blogs. There are some of the most pompous idiotic posters here. The negativity is amazing. Idiots who have never managed a professional game or played a professional game quibbling with the manager over a meaningless tactical decision. Mr. Brown, I have to ask the question. Is there anyone more arrogant and stupid on the web today? What a moron!

Dirty Dawg

September 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Yeah, Fredi shoulda pinch-run for McCann in the eighth, and I bet, if he had it to do over again, he would. Trouble is that’s not what they pay him for, and it is why you carry three catchers in September.

old brave, retired

September 20th, 2012
10:39 am

The umpire really had trouble with left handed batters and the strike zone. He looked OK on up and down pitches, but East and West pitches were terrible. Tom Glavine could have won 500 games with this umpire. Balls clearly way outside were called strikes. Did anyone notice? On another note, we are in the post season, period. Medlen, Minor, and Hudson are decent. We can win.

Ted M

September 20th, 2012
10:41 am

DOB – If the Braves keep their rotation as is whose the starter who will come up for the 1 game playoff?

Ted M

September 20th, 2012
10:50 am

Any news on Ben Sheets?

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
10:52 am

Thomas Brown – Fredi González third-base coach for the Braves made our “manager” to assemble this mess

We’re 18th in batting average and 20th in slugging percentage. We have 1 pitcher, 1 relief pitcher, 1 closer and an over-paid roster of all journeymen, except for Tim Hudson. If he pitches the wild card game, who pitches the division series ? Give me a break, Tumbledown
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TB – Given your ability to make a big effort to assess the 2004 Red Sox and this year’s Braves, how would you assess this year’s Cardinals and Dodgers? I just want to know how our closest pursuers in the Wild Card chase compare to this supposed “mess” known as the 86-64 Atlanta Braves, who purportedly only have “1 pitcher, 1 relief pitcher, 1 closer and an over-paid roster of all journeymen, except for Tim Hudson.”

PaulG

September 20th, 2012
11:37 am

Reckingball…agree, don’t think they are representative….just interested in an empirical question, that is , what % do they make up….my guess, averaging comments after losses & after victories is maybe 40% which could be quite substantive depending on your view…maybe it’s the same for bloggers across all teams although I expect some are worse than others like Philly,Boston?

Widespread panic

September 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

I’m way more optimistic about this team than I was coming out of Milwaukee. Since there’s no Cardinals of 2011 chasing this year, we have a straight path to the post season. We’re still vulnerable in the sudden death Wild Card game, because on any given day, anything can happen, even with Medlen on the mound. But in the traditional playoff series, we’ll match up well against the NL’s best. Need to get Janish & Andrelton back, but it appears time will favorable.

Go Braves!

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Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
1:04 pm

It’s interesting that the Braves will probably end up playing the Cardinals in the Wild Card game. While they are not chasing us in the same sense as last year, the road to participation in a playoff series will more than likely again involve beating out those dreaded Redbirds.

David O'Brien

September 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

DOB – If the Braves keep their rotation as is whose the starter who will come up for the 1 game playoff? — Ted M

Can’t answer that, because we don’t know if they’d keep rotation in order after off day, etc.

What I think will happen is that Fredi will flip-flop Medlen and Maholm this week, have Medlen start Tuesday and be on scheduled to start on regular rest Sept. 30 and then in the wild-card game. But that’s just a guess.

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ncgary

September 21st, 2012
2:53 pm

what was i thinking during preseason comparing medlen to maddux , shoulda been talking about comparing him to whitey

went to the als clinic yesterday my breathing has actually improved some and im still ambulatory for the sake of any who care, but they say my lungs could go at any time

but surely if chipper can outhit lou gherig i can beat his disease

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