Found August 29, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
Craig Kimbrel pitched Tuesday night, which normally wouldnt seem like a big deal, but considering how quiet his month has been, its news. Kimbrel closed Kris Medlens latest win a 2-0 victory over San Diego in typical spectacular fashion, striking out the side in the ninth to render a leadoff single useless to the Padres cause. There was nothing unusual about Kimbrels appearance except for one thing: He actually pitched. Dont worry about overuse this year. There have been times this month when Ive wondered if Kimbrel was still on the team. I hope somebody didnt need to stir him to action last night. Hey! Wake up! The season isnt over yet. We need you. Right now! Thats how seldom hes been used in August, and the bullpen can be a quiet place for a nap. Nobody can criticize Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez for squeezing that last bit of effectiveness out of Kimbrel this year. The young closer has pitched in eight games this month and if you face challenges counting to 31 the calen...

Kris Medlen Is Dealing

While Craig Kimbrel has been absolutely lights out all season, it is possible that the most important member of the Braves’ pitching staff all season has been Kris Medlen. Between 38 appearances as a reliever and six starts, Medlen has thrown 95 innings and recorded an incredible 1.71 ERA. Medlen was very impressive as a reliever, but his numbers as a starter are pure insanity...

Can Kris Medlen keep destroying the National League?

Tuesday night, Braves starter Kris Medlen put together another fantastic performance, shutting out the Padres over eight innings, striking out nine without a walk. In six starts this year, Medlen has a 0.66 ERA in 40 2/3 innings, striking out 38 and walking just five. Medlen is performing for the Braves like they thought Tommy Hanson, who was called up at nearly the same time as...

Gonzalez, Braves return to 5-man rotation

The grand experiment lasted only one time through the rotation. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to use six starters for the final two weeks of August to help the Braves survive a stretch of 20 games in 20 days and also to audition the starters for Septembers five-man staff. The plan had to be scrapped after the first time through the rotation because Ben Sheets developed a sore shoulder...

Fredi Gonzalez May Sit Dan Uggla Periodically for Remainder of Season

With Dan Uggla continuing to struggle mightily over the last few months, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez may opt to sit Uggla from time to time. The ever-patient Gonzalez usually would keep sticking Uggla in the lineup until he snapped out of his funk. However, on the heels of last season’s epic collapse, Gonzalez might not be willing to be as patient this time. He chose...

Kimbrel vs. Chapman

Who is the top reliever in the game?  If your answer was either Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman, it would be difficult to call you incorrect.  Kimbrel is helping the Braves to the playoffs as a Wild Card and Champman is shutting the door on wins for the NL Central leading Reds.  Each are having phenomenal seasons.  Who is the best?  Lets take a look at the numbers...Games:Kimbrel...

Medlen extends scoreless streak in Braves' win

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kris Medlen extended his scoreless streak to 28 1-3 innings by holding San Diego to five singles over eight innings and leading the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory Tuesday night. Medlen allowed only five baserunners and erased two of them on pickoffs at first base. He struck out nine to tie his career high and walked none. Atlanta, the NL wild-card leader, ended...

Phillies-Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves' offense is struggling. That hasn't been the case against Roy Halladay this season, but facing the Philadelphia Phillies right-hander now certainly doesn't guarantee Atlanta will start scoring more runs. The Braves hope their first day off in three weeks and a return home can help wake up their slumping bats as they meet Halladay and the Phillies...

Catalina, Padres Ballgirl, Saves Braves Bullpen from Certain Death

Last night 'Catalina' -- the San Diego Padres right field ballgirl, saved the Atlanta Braves bullpen with this grab. Your browser does not support iframes. Why not click the Google +1 & the retweet... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Surf's Up, Chipper!

I mentioned it before and I'm going to say to it again...when I heard that Chipper Jones was retiring, I was worried that he'd be subjected to the hackneyed "farewell tour" gifts every time he came to town.And, well, thanks to the San Diego Padres...I was justified.Earlier this week, former Padres great, closer Trevor Hoffman, presented Jones with his very own,...

Analyzing the Road Jerseys: August 2012 edition

A couple of months ago, I was really bored and went through pictures from the entire 2012 season and put up a post about how likely we are to win when wearing the grey or navy jerseys. I've been keeping up with the spreadsheet since then and thought y'all might like an update. Here is the original post, which was written on the Sunday of the Boston series in June.   Current...
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