The Braves cant figure this out.
Just when they think they need help in the bullpen, the starters go kablooey.
And then when those guys begin throwing strikes and dominating hitters and going deep in games, their relievers melt down.
The two groups of pitchers have worked in tandem at times this season, but the Braves havent had the consistency that they expected from either group.
Case in point:
The Braves began the season with Kris Medlen in the bullpen because they thought the former starter could be best utilized as a reliever. They figured that with a group of young starters, Medlen would help eat some middle innings and save the late-inning guys.
But that was before former all-star Jair Jurrjens lost his command and was sent to the minors. And that was before young lefty Mike Minor began a six-week sojourn to struggleville that might have ended with his strong performance against the Yankees this week.
So the Braves sent Medlen to the minors to stretch out his arm wit...