Major League Baseball announced Tuesday what everyone already knew. Kris Medlen was the National League Pitcher of the Mont during August.
Medlen compiled a scant 0.50 ERA during August with just two earned runs over 35 2/3 innings. Combine that with a 4-0 record and 35 strikeouts, and the choice was a no-brainer.
Three of his four wins involved Medlen giving up no runs, and he threw 28 1/3 scoreless innings to end the month. He eventually lengthened that and had it snapped at 34 2/3 innings, the longest since Greg Maddux's streak of 39 1/3 innings in 2000. Medlen has also drawn favorable comparisons to Maddux based on his size and stuff from the likes of John Smoltz and Chipper Jones.
"It’s awesome, but I don’t know if I feel comfortable being in the same sentence with a guy like that," Medlen told ajc.com. "I’ve got a long way to go. It’s awesome. I’ve said that 12 times in this interview, but I can’t explain it. I just feel great. It’s cool to get compared to a guy like that."
Medlen also threw his first career shutout on Aug. 16 against the San Diego Padres and became the fifth Braves pitcher ever to strike out 12 batters without walking anyone last night.
The award gives the Braves at least one Pitcher of the Month in every season since 2009.
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