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The Braves have featured a solid rotation with plenty of starters having decent campaigns.
However, it wasn't until recently that one of these arms stepped up and established himself as the ace.
That would be Kris Medlen.
The Braves have won a remarkable 21 straight games in which Medlen has started. In those games, Medlen's posted a 13-0 record with a 2.41 ERA.
Since joining the rotation this season, he's given up a total of seven earned runs in his 10 starts.
Look at the past five World Series champions—the Cardinals, Giants, Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox. The Cardinals had Chris Carpenter, the Giants leaned on Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, the Yankees rode C.C. Sabathia, the Phillies had World Series MVP Cole Hamels and Josh Beckett dominated in the 2007 postseason.
It's critical to have an ace to make a deep postseason run.
The Braves now have that guy in Medlen.