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Kris Medlen shines again in third time through rotation

Aug 12, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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Braves right-hander Kris Medlen spent the first four months of the 2012 regular season in a relief role.

It will be a shame if he’s ever asked to go back.

The 26-year-old from Santa Ana, California made his third start of the season on Saturday night against the Mets and was brilliant yet again, allowing just a single run in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven New York batters. He yielded one run in five-plus innings versus the Astros last Sunday and one run in five innings against the Marlins the week before that.

Fleshed out, Medlen has a 1.62 ERA, a 16/4 K/BB ratio and a .583 opponents’ OPS in three turns through the Atlanta rotation. The Braves are 3-0 in his starts.

Tommy Hanson is just about ready to return from a back injury and a rotation spot will have to be cleared for his arrival. Medlen might be the easiest choice for demotion because of his past experience as a reliever and his willingness to handle any gig, but the Braves would do well to let the good times roll.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Six-man rotation. Do it Fredi. Do it.

    • bravojawja - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      There’s talk of him doing just that.

  2. yahmule - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Nah, better bump him for Jair Jurrjens again. Recycle one of the same idiot excuses they used last time.

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