|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||180.00||15.00||8.00||0.00||3.05||1.12||152.00||34.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 31.2||0||0|| 2.84||0||20||22|
|vs RHB|| 25.0||0||0|| 3.24||0||2||16|
|05/14/2013||Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS||Kris Medlen, SP ATL|
|05/14/2013||Heath Bell, RP ARI|
Jonathan Pettibone, SP PHI
Gerald Laird, C ATL
Matt Kemp, CF LAD
|Kris Medlen, SP ATL|
Allen Craig, 1B STL
Eric Stults, SP SD
|05/14/2013||Kris Medlen, SP ATL|
Josh Hamilton, RF LAA
|Madison Bumgarner, SP SF|
Angel Pagan, CF SF
|Last 10 Games|
|Kris Medlen not back to 2012 form yet|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/19/13) Although Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen allowed an unearned run in seven innings during a no-decision Saturday against the Dodgers, the right-hander was not happy he walked three batters.
"That adds more pitches to my pitch count," Medlen told MLB.com. "I could have gone eight [innings] and handed the ball off to Craig [Kimbrel]. It's just frustrating. But the good news is I don't feel as good as I should. I felt good last night, but my delivery didn't feel as consistent as I want it to."
Medlen has issued 22 walks through 56 2/3 innings, which is one fewer than he allowed in 138 innings last year. Medlen has started to improve in May behind a 2.73 ERA in his last four starts and having gone at least seven innings in three of those outings. But he said he still needs to "clean it up a little bit."
"I think I set the bar pretty high for others," Medlen said of his performance last year. "But I also feel like I set the bar pretty high for myself. I want to be what I was last year every single time out. I'm not necessarily there yet. But I hope everything starts clicking and I can get back to just being more consistent with walks. I'd rather give up a line drive off the wall rather than walk guys."
|Kris Medlen settles for no-decision|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/18/13) Braves starter Kris Medlen turned in a solid performance but did not factor into the decision Saturday night against the Dodgers.
Medlen surrendered a run-scoring double to Skip Schumaker in the fourth, one of two hits he allowed in a 3-1 victory.
Medlen has not won a decision since April 9. He is slated to face the Mets Friday in New York. He went 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in eight appearances (three starts) against the Mets last season.
|Kris Medlen suffers fifth loss |
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/12/13) Braves starter Kris Medlen lost his fourth-straight decision and saw his winless stretch reach six outings after Sunday's loss to the Giants. Medlen, whose win came in his first start on April 4, allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in the 5-1 loss. He allowed three solo home runs, including one to Marco Scutaro in the fifth.
Medlen (1-4) was pulled after issuing a one-out walk to Pablo Sandoval in the sixth. He finished with a season-high five walks. He struck out one.
The right-hander will look to snap his losing streak when he faces the Dodgers at home Saturday. Medlen is 0-2 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts at Turner Field.
|Kris Medlen settles for no-decision|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/8/13) Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen enjoyed a quality performance but failed to factor into the decision Tuesday night against the Reds.
Medlen, who made his seventh start of the season, served up a solo home run to Shin-Soo Choo in the third and surrendered a run-scoring single to Donald Lutz in the fifth for his only damage of the night. The right-hander was charged with two runs and four hits in seven innings of work in a 5-4 defeat. He struck out six and walked two in 99 pitches, 68 strikes.
Medlen has served up three homers in his last three starts. He has allowed 10 runs in 19 1/3 innings over that stretch. The 27-year-old is scheduled to start Sunday at San Francisco. He has allowed three runs in three innings of work over his last two relief appearances at AT&T Park.
|Kris Medlen still looking good|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/4/13) One of the biggest questions entering this season was whether Braves starter Kris Medlen could sustain his success from last season, and the early returns are not great. Of course, focusing on that is an easy way to lose perspective and fail to realize how solid Medlen has been anyway through his first six starts. He just has not been the Cy Young-caliber pitcher he was in the second half of 2012.
Medlen is just 1-4 but, with a 3.38 ERA, he can hardly be blamed for that. He has lost three starts in a row, despite tossing two quality starts; the Braves just have not given him support this season. Medlen has pitched more than well enough to have a winning record, so the wins should come before long.
Medlen has seen his strikeout rate drop to 6.27 per nine innings, 1.5 lower than his rate a year ago. That has to be disappointing for Fantasy owners, but they can take solace in knowing that his velocity is practically the same across the board as his breakout season. He might not be missing as many bats, but there are no physical reasons underlying that, so he could turn things around with one big start.
Medlen starts twice in Week 6 (May 6-12), once in Cincinnati and once in San Francisco. The parks are on opposing ends of the spectrum when it comes to friendliness to pitchers, so his talent should be the difference maker. Medlen should be considered a strong start Fantasy option for the upcoming scoring format.
|Kris Medlen had a nice little run as a starter before needing Tommy John surgery in 2010, but nothing that would lead you to believe he was capable of doing what he did over the final two months of 2012. Then again, no one should be capable of going 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings over a 12-start stretch. That's Greg Maddux-type stuff. And here's the kicker: Those were the only starts Medlen made all season, having spent the first four months in the bullpen. Saying he made the most of what little opportunity he had almost doesn't do the performance justice. Considering it came at a make-or-break point as far as Fantasy is concerned, Medlen is a hero to many right now. And that's why he's so difficult to rate in Fantasy. On the one hand, you don't want to judge a guy on only 12 starts, but on the other hand they were 12 incredible starts. Plus, his minuscule walk rate and superior secondary pitches suggest the results weren't so far-fetched. Factor in his relief pitcher eligibility and Medlen is a one-of-a-kind Fantasy option. He isn't Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw. He isn't even Madison Bumgarner or James Shields. But he isn't far off either. If you're the type willing to gamble on a limited track record, you won't want to let him slip too far beyond the top 15 starting pitchers. (Updated 12/5/12)|
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