ATLANTA The confidence never left Kris Medlen.
Not when he had Tommy John surgery.
Not when he missed nearly an entire season while rehabbing his right elbow.
And not when he started this season in the Braves' bullpen.
That's just how he thinks, how he attacks life.
It's not cockiness or arrogance. He just thinks he can beat you.
Medlen is the guy with the straight bill and the moving pitches who looks like the dudes you might see playing Hacky Sack at the skateboard park.
His outlook is California Cool, but his arm is Southern Sizzling.
Medlen wasn't the winning pitcher against the Nationals at Turner Field on Friday night, but he was practically unhittable once again. He struck out a career high 13 batters in seven innings and left with the game tied before the Braves won 2-1 in the ninth.
But that's what they always do when Medlen pitches, or at least the last 20 times he's started.
They've won 20 consecutive of his starts, a streak tha...