Open thread, 9/15, Braves vs. Ed Whitsons
Amid all the injuries and slumps, Kris Medlen’s resurgence has been a bright spot. Medlen is pitching like Med Dog again, winning his last four starts with a 0.98 ERA, 26 K’s and 4 BB in 27-2/3 IP.
It’ll be interesting to see how Fredi aligns the rotation come October. Match-ups will certainly play a role — if the Braves draw the Reds, whose three best hitters (Votto, Choo and Bruce) are left-handed, you can bet Minor gets the Game 1 nod. I’d go with Minor regardless, though it’s worth noting that, since the first of August, he’s allowed more than a hit per inning with an ERA well above 4.
I doubt Julio T., who starts today, gets the nod, but he’s been the team’s most consistent starter since April, the only month he posted an ERA above 3.
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