At some point, luck had to turn for Kris Medlen this 2013 MLB season.
Despite posting a respectable 3.48 ERA, Medlen had just one win entering Monday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves’ offense finally gave Medlen some run support, and he took care of the rest in the Braves’ 7-2 victory on Monday.
The right-hander scattered seven hits over seven innings, but allowed just one unearned run while striking out six and issuing zero walks. The only blemish for Medlen (2-6, 3.14) on the night was a two-out RBI double by Gaby Sanchez with Neil Walker on second base following a throwing error by center fielder B.J. Upton.
The win on Monday night snapped a five-game losing streak for Medlen, with his last win coming back on April 9 against the Miami Marlins. He will look to build off this start and hope June begins a streak of good luck.
The Braves have only provided Medlen with 3.17 runs a game to work with, which ranks in the bottom 10 in the National League. His previous start against the Toronto Blue Jays ended after just two innings after he took a line drive off the calf. The rough start to the season undoubtedly frustrated the competitive Medlen.
However, things could start to turn in June. Two of his next three starts are at home with two opponents (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) ranking in the bottom five in the National League in runs scored.
Perhaps the most positive sign for Braves fans are his last two starts (not including the shortened start against the Blue Jays) in which he’s struck out 15 batters and walked just one. He’s beginning to display the pinpoint control that made him so dominant to finish the 2012 year.
Both Medlen and Braves’ fans hope luck for the pitcher begins to reminisce the end of that 2012 season rather than the start of 2013.