Gonzalez flipped Medlen with Paul Maholm in the rotation so that Medlen would be lined up to start the one-game playoff should the Braves end up as one of the two National League Wild Card teams. Medlen will start Tuesday against the Miami Marlins, and Maholm will start against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Tim Hudson can still start the one-game playoff if necessary, but he would likely start Game 1 of the Division Series if the Braves advance with a victory in the one-game playoff.
"It's no secret," Hudson said. "Medlen has been our best pitcher for the better part of a month or two now. He definitely has to pitch important games for us, whether it be the first one or the second one. He's the guy we've got to lean on. We've been leaning on him for a while now."
The Braves still have a chance to overtake the Washington Nationals for the National League East division crown. However, it's far more likely that they end up as one of the two Wild Card teams.
Medlen has a 0.76 ERA in the 10 starts he has made this season. He would be able to start Game 3 of the Division Series on normal rest if the Braves advance.
The two Wild Card teams are scheduled to play the one-game playoff on October 5.
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