Atlanta Braves and Kris Medlen Hoping for Good Karma

By Daniel Kock
Kris Medlen Atlanta Braves
Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports

The Atlanta Braves won all 12 of Kris Medlen‘s starts in the 2012 MLB season with Medlen going 9-0 in those starts.

In 2013, the Braves are just 4-6 in his starts, and Medlen (1-5) is still searching for his second win on the season despite having a respectable 3.16 ERA.

Medlen will look to continue his solid pitching and hope for some better results as the Braves and Toronto Blue Jays head to Turner Field for game three of the four-game series on Wednesday night.

The “baseball gods” look to be throwing bad karma Medlen’s way after his unbelievable finish to 2012. Medlen is currently receiving 3.10 runs a game to work with, which ranks in the bottom 10 in the National League.

The lack of run support has not deterred Medlen from completing solid outings, and his past two starts may be his best two of the season. He is coming off a two-hitter over seven innings in a no decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 18. He followed that up by allowing three earned runs over six innings to the New York Mets, but had a much better strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.0) than most of 2013 (6.8) thanks to a season-high nine strikeouts.

The Braves’ offense will have the chance to help Medlen turn his luck around by going against Esmil Rogers, who hasn’t made a start since 2011 with the Colorado Rockies. Working out of the bullpen, Rogers has compiled a 4.56 ERA in 25.2 innings so far in 2013.

That could bode well for the Braves, but Medlen will be focused on cooling off Jose Bautista, who has 11 hits in his last 23 at-bats, including a long home run off Paul Maholm in Tuesday’s game. Handling Bautista as well as a lineup he’s largely never seen before — only Emilio Bonifacio has a significant amount of plate appearances off Medlen with seven — will go a long way in earning a win.

If Medlen continues pitching at a high level, the results will follow.

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