The Dodgers and Braves get Game 1 of the NLDS started tomorrow night and Braves starter Kris Medlen has had choice words for the Dodgers and starter Clayton Kershaw the past two days.
Yesterday, the Braves complained about how nobody picked them during the regular season and that the Dodgers were getting all the attention to start the series. Well, Medlen said yesterday that the Braves could beat Kershaw or whoever (what else do you expect him to say), but today had some more interesting quotes for Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com:
We’ve missed him twice this year both times we played, but I think our team, the confidence that we have, he missed us, Medlen said.
I’m not quite sure what Medlen is talking about, but reading into it sounds like he believes the Braves bats can handle the likely Cy Young award winner. Like I said above, I wouldn’t expect the Braves or Medlen to say anything more, but it just stinks of bitterness and jealousy.
Kershaw made one start in 2011 against the Braves at Turner Field and pitched seven innings allowing just two earned runs and struck out 10.
Now, many point to the fact the Braves beat the Dodgers five out of seven times back in May and June and Medlen harped on that again:
The Dodgers are a great team, big-name players, but we had to play against them during the regular season and we played pretty well, Medlen said. All the attention, I mean, we’re not running for prom king. We’re ready to play this series and play this team.
Ah, Medlen is giving the Dodgers bulletin board material and if they needed any extra motivation going into the series, here it is. Going in Medlen’s favor is he’s pitched well against the Dodgers this season, but what he and several others forget, this isn’t the same Dodger team.
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