Friday, September 7, 2012

The Flat-Brimmed Assassin

It's no surprise to anyone in Braves Country, or anyone who follows baseball for that matter, that Kris Medlen was named the NL's Pitcher of the Month for August.  Kris had a brilliant month and he's been nothing short of stellar since coming back from Tommy John surgery.

So what exactly did Kris do to earn the POM honor?  Everything!

- He didn't allow a run for 28 1/3 consecutive innings from August 11-28.  That's the longest streak by any Braves pitcher this season.  It's also the longest in Braves history since Greg Maddux recorded 39 1/3 straight shutout innings from September 2-28, 2000.  Certainly nice company to be in!

- In addition, Kris allowed only two earned runs in 35 2/3 innings.

- His ERA was 0.50

- His record was 4-0, three of those four games were scoreless.

- He recorded 35 strike outs.

- He picked up his second win in only his third start on August 11th against the Mets, allowing just one run in over 6 1/3 innings.

- He pitched his first career shutout on August 16 with a 6-0 win over the Padres.  He gave up only five hits and struck out six.

Since rejoining the starting rotation (after 38 relief appearances), Kris has gone 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA, recording 50 strikeouts and only five walks.  He hasn't allowed more than one run in any of his seven starts.  Not too shabby!!

So, do you think you maybe need to get to know Kris Medlen better? 

Here's a dugout interview with Kris and the Braves announcers from Tuesday's game, courtesy of the Braves:

Here's an interview courtesy of the MLB Network that aired September 4th:

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