Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Kris Medlen is probably best known for his team’s ridiculous record in his starts in his rookie 2012 campaign; that season he went 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 138 innings.
Given those obscenely good numbers, Medlen was bound to regress some in 2013. He did, though his numbers were still solid. He threw 197 innings while going 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA. With a number of great arms but no clear ace in Atlanta’s rotation, it sounds like Medlen might be in line to start Opening Day in 2014. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes the following:
If Medlen pitches every fifth game and Braves starters get an extra day of rest on the team’s day off March 24, Medlen would be in line to start the opener against the Brewers on one extra day of rest. The Braves have an exhibition game against top prospects March 29 at Rome, then a workout in Milwaukee on March 30, the day before their opener.”
The departure of Tim Hudson opens up the responsibility of pitching the first game of the season for the Braves, and it sounds like it is Medlen’s gig to lose.