Stat Line Of The Night — 8/28/12 — Kris Medlen
During the 90s, the Atlanta Braves’ pitching staff dominated the NL Cy Young voting, winning the award a total of seven times between 1991 and 1998. However, the organization hasn’t produced another Cy Young winner since Tom Glavine won the award in 1998. They have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of an arm that is capable of ending that drought, and they may have found it in Kris Medlen.
At 26-years-old, Medlen has shinned in his fourth year with the Braves. After beginning the season in the bullpen, the righty from California was moved into the starting rotation and he has flourished, putting together a 4-0 record in his first five starts, while allowing only three runs against over the course of 32.2 innings. He entered last night’s game against the Padres with a 20.1-inning scoreless streak, and it would stay intact, as he allowed five hits and struck out nine batters over eight scoreless innings during the Braves’ 2-0 victory.
Medlen’s scoreless streak is now at 28.1 games and he is an impressive 6-1 on the season with a 1.71 ERA. From the looks of it, there could be a Cy Young in this man’s future, but for now he’ll have to settle with “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, August 28, 2012.