ATLANTA -- Kris Medlen is a long way from being lumped into the same category as Greg Maddux. But the more Chipper Jones watches Medlen go about his business, the more he is persuaded to compare him to Maddux.
"You're starting to see the Greg Maddux effect," Jones said. "He's the closest thing I've seen to Maddux for the simple fact that he has a devastating changeup. Maddux would kill you with command of his fastball and cutter early in the count and then put you away with his changeup.
"Medlen is able to make the ball start off the plate and come back on the corner. The one difference is that Maddux could make the ball go both ways on both sides of the plate. Medlen doesn't have the cutter, but he has a better breaking ball than Maddux did. The approach to getting people out is the same."
Medlen's results over the past six weeks have also been quite similar to those that Maddux produced during his finest years with the Braves.
Medlen has compiled a 0.86 ERA and limited opponents to a .202 batting average in the nine starts since making the move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. He notched a career-high 13 strikeouts in Friday night's win over the Nationals and has totaled 25 strikeouts in 16 innings during his past two starts at Turner Field.