The Atlanta Braves juggled their rotation to have Kris Medlen in line to potentially start a one-game, wild-card playoff. The change also has resulted in him taking the mound at home in their first game with a chance to clinch a postseason berth.
That seems fitting considering he's a major reason they can wrap up a playoff spot as early as Tuesday night, when the Braves could tie a major league record by winning Medlen's 22nd consecutive start in a matchup with the Miami Marlins.
A year ago at this time, Atlanta was enduring one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, blowing an 8 1/2-game lead for the wild card during September to miss the playoffs. There has been no such free-fall this time, with the club winning 14 of 20 to cut its magic number for clinching a wild-card spot to one with nine games remaining.
The Braves (88-65) would punch their ticket to the postseason with a win Tuesday or if Milwaukee and Los Angeles both lose, and they still have a shot to catch Washi...