R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez and Craig Kimbrel are battling for the 2012 National League Cy Young award. The Washington Nationals have been making headlines by shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg for the remainder of the season despite preparing for a postseason run. These are the pitchers that you’ve been hearing about for the last month but not one of the pitchers prior mentioned has been the best in baseball over the last 2+ months.
That designation belongs to Atlanta Braves starter Kris Medlen who has been sensational since being moved to the rotation are the end of July. In 12 starts since the move, Medlen has compiled a 9-0 record along with a 0.97 ERA. In 50 total appearances on the season Medlen finished an impressive 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA. He won’t win the CY Young this year or get the attention of a Stephen Strasburg but if this performance continue he could be a key part of a magical Braves run in October. The Braves have now won each of the past 23 games started by Medlen dating back to May 29, 2010. This breaks the Major League record previously shared by the Yankees with Whitey Ford (1950-53) and the Giants with Carl Hubbell (1936-37).