So, it’s completely ridiculous to compare to Kris Medlen to Greg Maddux. For one thing, his scoreless inning streak ended at 34 2/3, nearly five innings less than the 39 1/3 inning streak that Greg Maddux managed in 2000. Second of all, the Braves are 21-4 in his 25 starts in the majors, for an .840 team winning percentage, while Greg Maddux’s teams were 431-309 in his 740 starts, for a .582 team winning percentage. Maddux’s career K/BB was 3.37; Medlen’s is 3.52.
So clearly Medlen isn’t Greg Maddux. But he’s still pretty darned good. Like today, for instance, when he went 9 innings and allowed just five hits and one unearned run — really truly unearned, the runner scored when Paul Janish threw the ball away, and Medlen struck out the next two men to end the inning. Medlen struck out 12 men in total, by far the Braves’ season high; the previous high was nine. It was the most strikeouts by a Braves pitcher since Tommy Hanson punched out 14 men in on June 12, 2011, which sort of seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?
Anyway, the Braves offense somehow scored six runs on five hits, because Rockie starting pitcher really truly couldn’t find the plate, and the Rockies threw the ball all over the infield in the first inning. The Braves scored their first three runs without recording a hit, and by the end of the third inning, it was 6-0, with the Braves having gotten just two hits but having gotten the benefit of five walks and two errors.
That was, needless to say, all Medlen would need.