By now everyone around MLB should be talking about two things if nothing else. They should be buzzing about how good the Atlanta Braves continue to play in spite of a load of injuries. Also they should be buzzing about how last year’s great story, Kris Medlen has once again found his dominating style at exactly the perfect time for his team. They aren’t talking about those things but you can bet that they should be.
Just like every season, if the Braves do not win the World Series, no one cares outside of their fans. I guess that is what happens when a franchise wins that many pennants in a row but that was a while ago. The very fact that the Braves have dominated the division should be a story. Aside from that, Medlen is really becoming a great story to at least Braves fans.
His good stretch of games after the Tim Hudson injury just keeps getting better. Now he has only given up 6 runs in his last five starts going back to mid-August. Last season Medlen was drawing Greg Maddux comparisons for the dominant way he was pitching. Obviously Maddux comparisons would be unfair to use against Maddux himself, much less a young pitcher in the situation Medlen was in last year.
Now however he has regained that form just in time for the stretch run. The Braves are vying for the top spot in the National League so they can have the best record benefits and Medlen is right there at the top of the reasons they have a great chance at achieving it. Don’t compare him to anyone else because that isn’t fair to him. Even if you did right now, he would be one of the best in baseball over his last few starts. Many other media giants don’t notice or care about that. You know what? Who cares? He’s pitching great no matter who notices it.