While he was once the Braves' secret weapon, Kris Medlen is now anything but a secret. And I may be the first person with the guts to say this, but the 26-year-old is currently the best pitcher in baseball.
That's right. At the moment, the title of Major League Baseball's top hurler doesn't belong to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers or Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox or Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.
Right now, it's all about Kris Medlen, who is at least five inches shorter than all of the aforementioned pitchers, but makes up for his lack of height in moxie, determination, and devastating breaking balls.
Kris Medlen's scoreless streak, which had spanned from the second inning of a 9-3 win over the New York Mets on August 11th until the seventh inning of Monday afternoon's 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies, may be over, but the talented young righty is far from done.
By the way, the 34 2/3-inning scoreless streak that Kris Medlen had going - the longest since Greg Maddux's 39 1/3 consecutive shutout innings in 2000 - came to an end by way of an unearned run when the Braves' sure-handed shortstop Paul Janish couldn't get a clean grasp on a hard grounder, causing him to make a bad throw to second.
From there, Kris Medlen's plan of attack never wavered, as he went on to record a career-high 12 strikeouts on a career-high 111 pitches, 85 of which were strikes, in his second complete game in his last four starts.
I guess it was just another day in the life of the "Flat Brim Baller."
Josh McKinney is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan who is hopeful that the Braves will end their 17-year World Series drought this season in order to send his favorite player, Chipper Jones, out on top. You can follow McKinney on Twitter @SuperJMac32.
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