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Kris Medlen Dominant Again in 6-1 Atlanta Braves Win over Colorado Rockies

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: David Ross #8 (L) and Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after the game against the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on September 3, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIISeptember 3, 2012

If I were to ask you who was the most effective pitcher in baseball right now, you would be incorrect if you answered with any of the following: Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale, Gio Gonzalez or Johnny Cueto.

Why? Well, because that title currently belongs to Atlanta Braves hurler Kris Medlen.

From the second inning of a game against the New York Mets on August 11 to the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, Medlen went 34 2/3 innings without allowing a run.

The scoreless streak was the longest for the Braves since Greg Maddux's 39 1/3 consecutive innings of shutout baseball in 2000.

It's not even like Medlen actually allowed a run to score. The normally slick-fielding shortstop, Paul Janish, committed an error on a throw in the seventh inning of the ballgame, eventually leading to an unearned run.

The unearned run did not phase Medlen in the least. He continued strong throughout the rest of the game, striking out a career-high 12 men while allowing just five hits.

He threw a career-high 111 pitches, an impressive 85 of which went for strikes. To make it even more impressive, Monday's complete game was his second such game in his past four starts.

Medlen has been spectacular since joining the Braves' rotation in July. After winning his last six decisions, he is 7-1 on the season with an incredible 1.56 ERA.

He may be doing it quietly, but there's no doubt in my mind that Medlen is the best pitcher in the game right now. There should be no doubt in any of your minds, either.

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