Medlen or Hudson would start potential WC game

MIAMI – The Braves trailed NL East leader Washington by 5-1/2 games before Wednesday, with only 13 games left on Atlanta’s schedule. That meant that a wild-card berth and a one-game playoff against the other NL wild-card team was a more likely scenario that a division title for the Braves.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been asked repeatedly in the past two weeks whether he’d decided how he might line up his pitching if the Braves advanced to the postseason, and repeatedly answered he hadn’t gotten that far and was focused on trying to win to make sure the Braves played beyond the regular season.

On Wednesday, Gonzalez said for the first time that he would pick Kris Medlen or veteran Tim Hudson — not exactly a surprise — to start a potential first postseason game, or presumably a do-or-die game against Washington in the unlikely event the Braves and Nationals end up tied after the regular season.

If the Braves and Nats tied, they’d play a tiebreaker game Thursday, Oct. 4, to determine the division title. The loser of that would almost certainly be a wild-card team — the Braves led the wild-card standings by 6-1/2 games over St. Louis before Wednesday – and play an Oct. 5 game against the other NL wild card.

The wild-card winner would then advance to a division series against the division winner with the best record starting Oct. 7.

The more probable scenario would have the Braves finished the season as the first-place wild card team and hosting the second-place wild card in the “play-in” game Oct. 5, with the winner advancing to a best-of-five division series against the division winner with the best record.

Gonzalez said he and pitching coach Roger McDowell had discussions and would have more this weekend, and could “tweak” the rotation after the weekend series at Philadelphia. The Braves have an off day Thursday, then will stick with their regular rotation order against the Phillies, with Tommy Hanson starting Friday’s series opener, followed by Mike Minor and Hudson.

After another off day Monday, Paul Maholm would be in line to start Tuesday’s home-series opener against Miami, followed by Medlen. But if Gonzalez flip-flopped Medlen and Maholm, it would put Medlen on schedule to start on regular rest on Sept. 30 against the Mets and in the potential Oct. 5 wild-card game.

Gonzalez didn’t get into specifics, other than saying he wouldn’t make any major changes that would push any pitcher more than a day or two beyond his usual between-starts rest.

Chipper Farewell Tour continues

The Marlins paid tribute to Chipper Jones before Wednesday’s series finale, when Miami shortstop Jose Reyes gave the retiring third baseman a big hug and a gift of fly-fishing equipment in a ceremony at home plate. The avid outdoorsman does plenty of fishing, but Jones hasn’t tried fly-fishing and said he’d always wanted to try it when the Marlins contacted the Braves to find out his interests.

In the third inning, Jones singled to left field to tie Lou Gehrig for 58th place on the career hits list with 2,721.

76 comments Add your comment

FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ

September 19th, 2012
8:21 pm

btbus

September 19th, 2012
8:30 pm

Medlen starts that WC game!!!!!!

Steve

September 19th, 2012
8:39 pm

Since the 25 man roster can be different for the first real playoffs why not play the “play-in” game like an all-star game. Carry 7 or 8 pitchers and only each one pitch an inning or two. Maybe even start Klimbrell and set the tone. This way you can also create numerous situational pitching scenarios so that each is in your favor. Additionally your pitcher would never hit. Another benefit is loading the bench with pinch hitters and pinch runners. Just a thought.

Cracker

September 19th, 2012
8:43 pm

Here’s a vote for Medlin. You dance with the one who brought you, and a large part of the Braves 2nd half success has been Kris’s amazing streak. The team loves to play behind him. No streak lasts forever in baseball, but I think the young man has earned this chance.

extremus

September 19th, 2012
9:07 pm

Medlen should start any wild card game considering the fact it’s a one-game elimination and also the reality that compared head to head with Hudson he’s been FAR more consistent since joining the rotation. Any pitcher can have a bad game at a highly inconvenient time (which is why I’m no fan of the extra wild card team or this stupid “play 162 games only to play one that matters” format), and there are certainly no guarantees of victory even with Medlen on the mound, but in 2012 I think we’ve all heard the phrase “Tim Hudson just didn’t have his best stuff today” more than enough to be apprehensive about choosing him simply based on his veteran status and previous track record.

And again, if the Braves get the wild card and then get eliminated (by a team that’ll probably be 6, 7, or even more games behind them) in the one-game playoff, I DO NOT want to see another stupid banner going up next year to commemmorate the “accomplishment”. If a team celebrates being an also-ran then you can bet their ownership will have no problems with continuing the status so long as they’re turning any profit.

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 19th, 2012
9:14 pm

Hi all. I’ve got some questions that I thought I would bring to the intelligent baseball minds here on the old blog and see if y’all can answer without a Google search.

1. Can an umpire call interference on himself? Like if he kicks the ball away and a base runner advances 2 when he would’ve. gotten less.

2. When a team makes playoffs and have to cut rosters do the other players that have helped along the way get to come hang out in the dugout or is it more, “Thanks for helping us here and there through the season Pastornicky, now enjoy the games at home alone.”

Yes I could’ve Googled, but I know you guys know this kinda stuff off the bat, right? And yes – I am a baseball moron. Go Braves Oct 5th!

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 19th, 2012
9:15 pm

Oh and plus one on the fan vote for Medlen W.C. start. We get to vote, right Fredi?

Kris

September 19th, 2012
9:32 pm

Please let Medlen pitch!

Kris

September 19th, 2012
9:32 pm

Please let Medlen pitch!

CO Bravo

September 19th, 2012
9:42 pm

Larry, Hit me up. I’ll take you fly fishing and we can hit up Hooters for some beers/baby’s mommas after.

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:01 pm

I’ve had to make a lot of decisions today — at work and at home. But, this is the easiest one I’ve made today — Kris Medlen!

Ken Stallings

September 19th, 2012
10:05 pm

Appreciate you asking the question, David. I can understand Fredi wanting to keep it off the public radar scope at this time.

Fredi has an enviable situation — two good choices for a do-or-die game. But, his most enviable situation is that he has the best choice any team can make in baseball this year!

Creamy Goodness

September 19th, 2012
10:39 pm

This is a no-brainer. Start Medlen for the WC game, then (assuming we win), start Hudson in game 1 of NLDS, Minor game 2, and then Medlen game 3, since he’ll be on regular rest and that’ll be the first game of the series in Washington.

Kris

September 19th, 2012
10:51 pm

Win or lose Medlen! Make one right decision for a change Fredi!

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 19th, 2012
10:53 pm

These guys don’t have baseball knowledge, what was I thinking. . . . . .

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 19th, 2012
10:54 pm

This is important stuff y’all! Oh well. Google knows all. I’ll go ask him. Thanks guys.

gulfwavesgary

September 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Since the Wild Card Game is a winner take all, I vote for Medlin??? The first inning problems of Hudson would make Gonzalez insane and a chance to throw away the season. Medlin since being in the rotation era is .076 and the Braves have won 22 straight starts of the guy. If Gonzalez does any thing else and the Braves lose, Gonzalez needs to find a new home.

gulfwavesgary

September 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Since the Wild Card Game is a winner take all, I vote for Medlin??? The first inning problems of Hudson would make Gonzalez insane and a chance to throw away the season. Medlin since being in the rotation era is .076 and the Braves have won 22 straight starts of the guy. If Gonzalez does any thing else and the Braves lose, Gonzalez needs to find a new home.

gulfwavesgary

September 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Since the Wild Card Game is a winner take all, I vote for Medlin??? The first inning problems of Hudson would make Gonzalez insane and a chance to throw away the season. Medlin since being in the rotation era is .076 and the Braves have won 22 straight starts of the guy. If Gonzalez does any thing else and the Braves lose, Gonzalez needs to find a new home.

gulfwavesgary

September 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Since the Wild Card Game is a winner take all, I vote for Medlin??? The first inning problems of Hudson would make Gonzalez insane and a chance to throw away the season. Medlin since being in the rotation era is .076 and the Braves have won 22 straight starts of the guy. If Gonzalez does any thing else and the Braves lose, Gonzalez needs to find a new home.

gulfwavesgary

September 19th, 2012
11:07 pm

Since the Wild Card Game is a winner take all, I vote for Medlin??? The first inning problems of Hudson would make Gonzalez insane and a chance to throw away the season. Medlin since being in the rotation era is .076 and the Braves have won 22 straight starts of the guy. If Gonzalez does any thing else and the Braves lose, Gonzalez needs to find a new home.

Fredo

September 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

whoever he picks to start which game … I wonder if that pitcher would make the trip with the team to Pittsburgh? I guess we won’t know the answer to that until the playoff picture clears up a bit more

Dum-Bass

September 19th, 2012
11:16 pm

“Creamy Goodness”, yep, been saying that for a week now. It’s actually a no-brainer, which is why it scares the crap out of me that FG will do something stupid. He is so unconventional and out-of-the-box sometimes, he may just go with Hudson in the WC and KM in the first NLDS on Sunday. We have all seen Hudson get big leads this year of 5-6 runs and then lose that by the 6th inning. Common sense and logic should prevail, but who knows since it’s FG………………..?

Teddy B

September 19th, 2012
11:35 pm

The 1 game do or die playoff sounds risky to me, but I think I’d pitch Medlen. He’s shown he’s as hot as anyone since the All Star break. Only down side is he wouldn’t be able to pitch for a few days after, but we NEED TO WIN THAT GAME.

Huddy blows up once in awhile and we can’t afford it to happen during this one game. It is a must win game or we’re done for the season and I’m not ready to only watch football just yet! I think I’d prefer Medlen in this situation, and keep Huddy fresh for Game 1.

braveslover

September 19th, 2012
11:41 pm

As much as I want Meds to get as many starts as possible in the NDLS and (hopefully beyond) without a win in the wildcard there won’t be a NLDS. Hudson is a number 3 starter and Meds is showing that he will be a number 1 starter. So my vote is Medlen for the wildcard and that would put him as the starter in the Nats (or whoever) park. Let’s hope that Hudson doesn’t blow a cherry whenever he starts. Gotta go with Malholm as the number 3 starter over Minor. Our hitters will hit for Paul but will not hit for Minor. Minor is on a good roll for now but I don’t trust him not to blow the cherry in a playoff game.

OtistheDrunk

September 19th, 2012
11:51 pm

Nats lose Game #2 tonight putting Braves just 5 back now so I’m not thinking Wild Card as optimistically have a shot at the NL East title cuz Nats have four tough final series coming up: Milwaukee, Philly, St Louis, and Philly again. Braves finish with easier schedule with Philly, Marlins, Mets and Pirates GO BRAVES!

OtistheDrunk

September 20th, 2012
12:02 am

I know it’s a long shot…so don’t flame me on being hopeful/optimistic! lol

ChipperisGod

September 20th, 2012
12:26 am

This is not even a question. As much as I love, absolutely love Huddy, Medeln is the ONLY person who should be considered.

His performance is simply extraordinary. We haven’t had a pitcher like this since Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. No one this dominant, or with the ability to command the game like Medeln. Sure he’s never pitched in the post season, but who cares. Ride the hot hand, ride the guy who doesn’t put any pressure on himself, ride the guy who has won 21 in a row!!!!

Huddy is still a great pitcher, but is far more inconsistent than he’s been over the last couple of years. He’s slipping a touch, but still has the ability to be shut down, you just don’t know when he’s going to do it. When he’s off he gives up a big inning. That can’t happen in the playoffs, and there’s no chance that I’m taking that chance in a one game playoff. Meds has got to be the guy.

And if we win the WC game, throw Huddy game one, Minor game two, Maholm game three and Medlen in game four.

If Huddy can regain his dominant stuff, having Medlen, Minor and Huddy as a power three man rotation would be great for the playoffs. Minor and Medeln have been nearly untouchable and Hudson has that ability.

Let’s take care of business, and go on a tear. Our schedule is easy other than the Phillies (they’re still the Phillies and I will never underestimate them no matter what). Marlins, Phils, Mets and Pirates. We should win all of those series and sweep the Marlins, Mets and Pirates. If we do that, we have a shot at the division (maybe). If we only take the series, or drop a series, we’ll probably still take the first WC.

Hope the Brewers put a total beat down on the Nats. Too bad it’s at Washington. Keep it up Braves!

Kevlar

September 20th, 2012
1:42 am

Interestingly, there are 3 Braves in the top 10 in NL strikeouts. Uggla (3), Bourn (5) & Heyward (10). Strikingly (pun intended) and surprising on this list is leadoff man Bourn. Not a leadoff guy to make a huge payday to as this much striking out now is indicative of future issues as he slows down. In general, 3 out of the top 10 in strikeouts seems to be something systemic as we statistically should have 3 out of the top 50.

Assuming Medlin's streak

September 20th, 2012
3:06 am

is still in tact. The Braves would need to fire Fredi in the locker room moments after a WC in which Hudson started and lost.

BobbyDawg

September 20th, 2012
6:33 am

Before Fredi decides who to start in the wild card game, we need to know who we’re playing and who their starting pitcher will be and how well our hitters do against that pitcher. I would hate to see us waste Medlen’s start against in the wildcard game instead of starting him in the regular playoff games.

NickGranite

September 20th, 2012
6:57 am

With all due respect to Huddy, Medlen is not just the best pitcher on the braves, he is currently the best pitcher in the Major Leagues which means he is arguably the best pitcher on the entire planet. Think about that because it’s not hyperbole. Does Fredi really need to think about NOT starting the best pitcher on earth in a winner take all game?

David O'Brien

September 20th, 2012
7:04 am

With all due respect to Huddy, Medlen is not just the best pitcher on the braves, he is currently the best pitcher in the Major Leagues which means he is arguably the best pitcher on the entire planet. Think about that because it’s not hyperbole. Does Fredi really need to think about NOT starting the best pitcher on earth in a winner take all game?

As I said yesterday, if Fredi and Roger have already decided on Medlen — and I’m reasonably sure they have — what possible motivation would they have for announcing it today instead of waiting till, say, next week, if they tweak the rotation slightly to line up Medlen? I mean, seriously. There is no reason to announce it now. Certainly not just to appease fans and media members who want to know.

If, God forbid, something were to happen to Medlen in the next five days, what good would it have done to have announced he was the guy. “But hey, now we’re more than confident turning to our No. 2 option, Tim Hudson….”

NickGranite

September 20th, 2012
7:19 am

David,

I would say you are probably correct, Fredi probably has no motivation in hurting the 37 year old man’s feelings. Sheesh. I think Huddy is quite capable of formulating a comparison and figuring out he’ll be the number two. I’m not sure what kind of responses you were expecting in a Hudson or Medlen story, that’s just my 2 cents.

Carl Farvman

September 20th, 2012
7:43 am

We should save Medlen and Huddy for the playoffs………Start GuyEar Gergens or Ben Sheets.

Eddie Haas

September 20th, 2012
7:56 am

It’s obvious to all but Freddie- don’t be surprised if he “goes with the veteran” Hudson. Tim is not the pitcher he used to be. He is terrible in the 1st inning, and does not hold leads like he used to. At this point, I’d even go with Minor before Hudson. Medlen is the choice, but remember who our manager is!

Disbott3000

September 20th, 2012
8:44 am

No disrespect to Huddie, but Medlen is on such a roll, I don’t see how you can pass him over for someone else right now. At this moment, if you have one game that you have to win or it’s all over, you have to put Medlen in that game, regardless of experience, etc. Hey, these are good problems to have! Go Braves!!!

Disbott3000

September 20th, 2012
8:47 am

By the way, David, I agree completely. Hell, I think Fredi should plant a little disinformation. Start leaking out that the team is preparing Jurrjens to take the ball in the Wild Card game to, you know, throw the other team off balance or something. Maybe they’d buy it. (Only a little disrespect to Jurrjens, by the way. I still really hope I figures it out and turns his career around.)

Disbott3000

September 20th, 2012
8:48 am

Carl must be a Nationals fan and doesn’t want to meet us in the playoffs or something.

alanfalcon

September 20th, 2012
8:57 am

Huddy is a fan favorite as is Meds but you have to go with Medlin or keep Huddy on a short leash because of his early innings struggles of which Medlin is solid.
The wrong decision here would mean one and out because we never know when the position players are going to show up and support whom ever is on the mound.
One thing for sure, anyway you look at it, its better than last year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quack Quack

September 20th, 2012
9:25 am

If there is no Game 1 win, there is no reason to wonder who will pitch next. I agree with DOB, why play our cards until we have too? We all know who will be pitching, nobody is that stupid to go any other way.

Lets take it deep, and worry about one game at a time…..

GO BRAVES!!! Step-up!!

Drew

September 20th, 2012
9:49 am

If we have just one game to win no question you go with your best starter in Medlin. But you have to think…….

If we start Medlin in the WC play in game he would only pitch once in the division series.
If we start Huddy in the WC play in game Medlin would pitch twice in the division series.
Do we really want Huddy pitching games 1 and 4 against the Nats?? He is 0-3 giving up 16ER in 3 games against them.

If Huddy pitches the WC game against STL/LA (he can beat both) that would give us the best chance to beat the Nats.

I do understand you have to win the WC game first but I think they win that game either way.

Brownie

September 20th, 2012
9:49 am

OK, here goes: Medlin to get the playin game. Huddy starts game1of the divisional series against likely the Nats. Game 2 is either Maholm (my preference) or Minor. Now game 3 starter is determined by how we stand after the first two games.

If we are 2-0, go with Hanson, and if we lose that game, you get Minor in game 4; if we’re 1-1 you get Minor; if we’re 0-2, bring back Meds on short rest. With this plan, you’ll then likely get Huddy in game 1 of the NLCS, and maybe Medlin. It’s a (hopefully) longer playoff run, and you can’t just wear out a 3 man rotation.

Fredi Gonzalez, manager of the year!

September 20th, 2012
9:51 am

I want to activate Jair Jurjjens to start the wild card game…I’ve got a good feeling on this one!

Fredi Gonzalez, manager of the year!

September 20th, 2012
9:55 am

wait wait! I have a revolutionary idea! Let’s start Teheran in the play in game, follow him up with JJ, then Sheets, maybe Delgado gets an inning. Then our pitchers will be fully rested for the divisional series! GENIUS!

steve brown

September 20th, 2012
10:05 am

Huddy is the one more used to pressure. He is the thoroughbred. Medlen is a colt and we don’t need to screw with his head in an all or nothing game. The stats above on Hudson vs. the Nats is another good reason to use him in the wildcard.

The Brave Californian

September 20th, 2012
10:05 am

Medlen is our Koufax right now, and not starting him in a do-or-die game would be an extremely reckless thing to do. Based on the second half of the season, I’d say the pitchers stack up like this:

1. Medlen
2. Minor
3. Maholm
4. Hudson
5. Hanson

Columbus

September 20th, 2012
10:37 am

Medlin….no brainer. Duh

Heisenberg

September 20th, 2012
10:39 am

“But if Gonzalez flip-flopped Medlen and Maholm………”
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That was my idea posted in these comments several blogs ago. Then repeated on subsequent blogs. You are welcome. Another poster suggested just skipping the next Hansen start and moving everyone else up would accomplish the same thing. Either way will get the job done.

Columbus

September 20th, 2012
10:41 am

Maholm ahead of Hudson? Not unless its to match up with a specific pitcher or road vs/home thing. Maholm is giving up home runs every game like clock work and come a big game, Hudson is much more of a BULLDOG. Id like to see him rest a little bit these last 2 weeks too……

Its going to be a good post season Braves fans….! Bring the Nats on!

P Rose

September 20th, 2012
10:46 am

Someone above argued that they should start Hudson in the 1-game so they’d have Medlen for two games in Round One, saying, “I do understand you have to win the WC game first but I think they win that game either way.” This person must be a new Braves fan; otherwise, he’d surely know that in elimination games, the Braves have not performed very consistently since 1991, and not well at all since 1999.

The 1-game playoff is a MUST win.

Start Medlen.

afan

September 20th, 2012
11:09 am

Who cares..just so we win!

DawgDad

September 20th, 2012
11:26 am

Start Medlen? Is he “stretched out” yet?

DawgDad

September 20th, 2012
11:28 am

What we should be worrying about is the STARTING LINEUP for the play-in game, not the starter. More likely to get shut out than have Medlen or Hudson tank the start.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 20th, 2012
11:32 am

This may come off wrong… but I hope Meds loses his next start, just so all the focus of winning 24 straight games isn’t the “hot topic” when/if he pitches the Play-in game.

Just take a little stress off what has to be an already stressful thing. Even if he doesn’t admit it, he knows the numbers. Baseball players are also baseball fans.

Then again, which is more historic.. Your team winning a WS or a player having a once in a life time achievement?

DawgDad

September 20th, 2012
11:46 am

Semper Fi: A little jittery under fire, are we?

Medlen has the ideal makeup for an ace, if there is one. He’s an absolute bulldog on the mound, as noted in the mold of Maddux, and he trusts his stuff. They aren’t similar pitchers at all, but his mound presence reminds me of Bob Gibson; i.e., just give me the ball, here it is, see if you can hit it. Absolutely no nonsense out there.

Minor is coming around. Maholm and Husdon at this point seem a bit off in terms of command. Hanson is just feeling his way. I wouldn’t worry about Medlen, the significance of the game and the home town fan support will just feed that bulldog approach.

Drew

September 20th, 2012
12:02 pm

@P Rose: I also said if you have to win one game you go with your best starter in Medlen. All I’m saying is that if Hudson did start the WC game and win we would have a MUCH better chance at beating Washington. And yes i understand we do not fare well in elimination games but it’s not like we would be throwing Kenshin Kawakami out there……it’s Tim Hudson.

I'm the Slime

September 20th, 2012
12:32 pm

Assuming the Braves want to set up a postseason rotation of Medlen, Hudson, Minor, and Maholm, what about this?

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

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GaryinBham

September 20th, 2012
1:21 pm

Felipea Achoou

September 20th, 2012
2:01 pm

Medlen or nobody. Medlen has earned the right to start. He shuts teams down. Hudson gave up 6 runs his last start. Only a retarded man starts Hudson.

BobbyDawg

September 20th, 2012
3:34 pm

I see where Ben Sheets is off the DL. If Fredi puts him in at home against Mia. that should line Medlen up for the one game playoff start. Sheets was pitching great ’till his arm got sore. After all this rest he should do good at home against Mia. The bottom line is we can’t go into one of our hitting slumps………….we just can’t ! GO BRAVES

nick

September 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

Does anyone know if the nl wild card would be before or after the AL wild card? Or anyway to figure out the schedule ahead of time? I am looking into flying from Seattle for the game

Philly Phanatic

September 20th, 2012
4:18 pm

Being a Philly fanatic for real from what and the rest of the baseball world have seen if the Braves don’t start Medlen Garcia should be canned. It reminds me of the Phillies. If you polled 100 die hard know it all Phillies would you start Lee or Halladay in a 1 game series 99 would pick Lee just like 99 percent would start Medlen. The guy is on a roll where he can’t be beat. Of course what you’d most like us todo for you is beat Washingtonto death which we have the capability. We just can’t beat juggernauts like Houston. This Wildcard everybody claims is so compelling bringing in more teams to the mix. It is so unfair to Atlanta who truly outplayed everybody but division winners and it comes down to one game. Do you think that’s fair? Last year same scenario you’re in a 5game series. Talk about anything can happen in a 1 game series? The way Medlen is pitching you should beat St. Louis but how many times have you seen something kooky happening to lose a game. Do me and Philadelphia a favor and beat St Louis or if we get hot and beat the Nats 5of 6 you may win the division.

bostonbravo

September 20th, 2012
4:45 pm

Medl E n! damn it.

bobbymahlon

September 20th, 2012
6:50 pm

I don’t why were wasting our time deciding who pitches the play in game or the WC game when every body on the planet knows it should be Medlen.
I like Hudson but he has done nothing to deserve the shot over Kris and I’d bet if you ask him he would agree that it should be Kris. That is because Tim is a team player and he would want whats best for the team even though he would like to pitch that important game himself.

Keith

September 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

DOB,

You honestly think they’re being honest here? I don’t. I think they’re being nice cause Huddy is a veteran.

There’s no doubt they will start the best pitcher in all of baseball over the last 2 months and his name is MEDLEN. Huddy will start the division series, and Medlen may pitch on short rest. GO BRAVES! :)

gy6

September 20th, 2012
9:24 pm

so, it will be Hudson, based on Booby ball, and enjoy your one game post season. Telling you so in advance.

the truth...

September 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

No one in the game will believe that anyone but Medlen will pitch that game if he still has a right arm next Friday night…..

No deception is needed nor would it be possible to pull it off………..

stew

September 21st, 2012
9:52 am

There is no place the roster for Hanson or Maholm. We will need Gearin to pitch in short relief. Don’t need 4th or 5th starter. If we make it to a seven game series we should have Meds to pitch games 1, 4, and 7.

HonestHuddy

September 21st, 2012
11:09 am

You have to go with the hot hand in a winner-take-all scenario. That’s Medlen (a few months ago I would have never said that). In Huddy, I am not sure he even wants the ball in that situation and he is good for giving up 4-6 runs, which we could not afford that if the offense takes the day off!

HOF 10

September 21st, 2012
11:32 am

The question is, after Medlen shuts out the Cardinals in the wild card game, is Minor or Hanson dropped from the postseason rotation?

Winone

September 21st, 2012
12:57 pm

Medlen, Huddy in the bullpen in case.

Big time Jimmy

September 21st, 2012
2:30 pm

Huddy has been too prone to the big inning thus it is a no brainer. Meds!!!! No need to give up on the division just yet though. Braves schedule is much easier than the nats in their final 9 games so gotta get rolling in these final 12 games. 10-2 just might get it done. Go braves!!!!!

Big time Jimmy

September 21st, 2012
2:30 pm

Huddy has been too prone to the big inning thus it is a no brainer. Meds!!!! No need to give up on the division just yet though. Braves schedule is much easier than the nats in their final 9 games so gotta get rolling in these final 12 games. 10-2 just might get it done. Go braves!!!!!

Ken

September 21st, 2012
6:35 pm

This is a no-brainer Medlen is the best pitcher in baseball right now..IF I am GM I would fire the coach before the game if he tried to put Hudson in that game…

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