“The Myth” that they decided to pitch Medlen in the bullpen early so he would be available late to be a starter, if needed – while still keeping him to a 160-ish inning limit ala Strausburg, was confirmed by Joe Simpson during a Braves broadcast detailing a conversation Joe had with Fredi in Spring Training.
However, I agree with you that they never really expected Medlen to be THIS good as a starter…
Here’s a philosophical question about the Cy Young: Should the voters punish guys like Medlen, Kimbrel, Chapman, etc. because of the way their teams use them?
If the Cy Young should go to the pitcher with the most value, I don’t think either of these guys has thrown enough innings to accrue enough value. But baseball convention dictates teams only use pitchers like Kimbrel for one inning at a time, mostly in save situations. Should the voters punish Kimbrel for baseball’s strange convention of concentrating too much on the save or the last inning or whatever managers are concentrating on when they decide to use relievers in the ways that they use them these days?
But should we go down this path? If our rationale is refusing to punish Kimbrel for modern bullpen usage, what’s to stop some mid-season call-up from winning the MVP, or something like that?
The most interesting case playoff scenario for me is that the Braves tie for the division, which means a one game playoff for the division, and in this case, then a one game play-in wildcard game, and then the real playoffs start… What fun…
Great show guys. I feel very good about the Braves heading into the playoffs. Thats something I couldnt have said last year if they had squeaked in, and I couldnt say it in 2010 when they did squeak in. September is when young players can sometimes hit a wall, so Fredi needs to spend the next two weeks getting everybody some rest. if Jason and Freddie catch thier wind, we could do alot of damage in the playoffs, and I honestly see that happening for us this year. I’m not seeing one and done, and I’m not seeing us whimper in defeat in the DS.
I don’t really consider the wild card game the part of the real playoffs. I will be rooting like heck in that one game but who really knows what the hell will happen. It’s so fake and artificial to me. If we get to the Division Series then my hopes for the World Series Championship goes sky high. Until then my expectations are extremely tempered.
I have a extreme idea. How about next year make the wild card round a 2 game series. What????? Let me explain. Give the wild card club with the highest seed both games at home and require them to only win 1 of the 2 games to move on to the Division round. The wild card team with the lowest seed is should be required to win BOTH games to move on to the next round. This gives leeway and wiggle room for the highest seed and punishment for the lowest seed.
For example, this year the Braves and the Cardinals would play a 2 game series at Turner field. The Braves would have to win 1 game to advance. The Cardinals would have to win all 2 games to advance.
To me this is fairer and just as fun as a 1 game playoff or coin flip game.
Walker, I think the whole idea of expanded playoffs and a one-game wild card round is to bring in the casual fan. I doubt MLB will ever go for something that isn’t somewhat simple.
But I think there are clearly better alternatives to bring in casual fans and to make the playoffs more rewarding to teams that are the best over the long haul.
How’s this: No divisions, balanced schedule, top two teams get a bye, seed 6 at seed 3 for three games, seed 5 at seed 4 for three games, no off days in the first round and no off days between the first round and the second round, all later rounds are seven-game series.
You get high-intensity, expanded playoffs to bring in casual fans and you reward the two best regular season teams.