PITTSBURGH – After winning the National League Pitcher of the Month award for August in his first month in the Braves’ starting rotation, Kris Medlen underscored his run of remarkable pitching by winning the award again Tuesday.
Medlen was named NL Pitcher of the Month for September, becoming the first to win the award in consecutive months since Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez in April-May 2010, and the first Brave since Greg Maddux in June-July 2001.
He is 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 starts this season since moving from the bullpen to the rotation on July 31, and Medlen was 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in six September starts, collecting 46 strikeouts with only five walks in 43 innings. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts in a five-hit complete game against the Rockies on Sept. 3, then beat that mark with 13 strikeouts in seven innings against Washington on Sept. 14.
“Obviously he’s well deserving,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said of the repeat NL pitcher award. “He’s