Kris Medlen SP KC 3 days ago

Medlen (1-2) allowed one run on one hit and five walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings to take the loss Friday at the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen was a tough luck loser, as he only allowed a solo homer in the sixth inning, but the offense was unable to provide any run support. Despite his inflated 4.87 ERA, he's now allowed two or fewer earned runs in three of his four starts. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Nationals.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 week ago

Medlen (1-1) was roughed up Saturday, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings in a loss against the Orioles. He also struck out two and walked three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thanks to a caught stealing, Medlen faced just three batters in the first, but he tossed up a homer to Chris Davis to start the second, and it was all down hill from there. Medlen has allowed at least six runs in three of his last nine regular season outings dating back to last September. He will try to erase this from his memory with his next start, which is scheduled for Friday at Seattle.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 weeks ago

Medlen allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits and four walks while striking out four over 6.1 innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Athletics.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen was staked to a two-run lead, but gave up runs in the fourth and seventh innings, which took away his chance to pick up the victory. In his two starts so far, he's only allowed three earned runs while striking out 11 over 11.1 innings. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Orioles.

Kris Medlen SP KC 3 weeks ago

Medlen picked up the win Tuesday against Houston as he held the Astros to two runs on six hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen was nasty (14 swinging strikes) and wild (eight first-pitch strikes to 22 batters). He threw just 53 strikes in 97 pitches but induced six ground ball outs. It was a roller coaster ride, but there's a lot to like with Medlen, especially with the support -- defensive, offensive, and from the bullpen -- he can expect to receive from Kansas City.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Medlen will break camp as one of the Royals' five starting pitchers, but he will be skipped the first time through the rotation, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen earned a spot in the Royals' rotation this spring, but a slew of off days during the season's first week will allow the Royals to go with just four starters to begin with, and give Medlen more time to build up his stamina. Medlen's 2016 debut is tentatively set for April 14 against the Astros.

Kris Medlen SP KC 1 month ago

Medlen is expected to win one of the final two spots in the Kansas City rotation along with Chris Young, the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen has a 4.00 ERA this spring, but an impressive nine strikeouts and one walk in nine innings. Medlen had just a 6.1 K/9 last year in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, so the increased strikeouts could be a positive sign.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 months ago

Medlen projects as the safest bet to make the Royals rotation Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star speculates. "I think he's going to have a fantastic year," manager Ned Yost said. "He's going to be a very solid guy in our rotation."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen wasn't very effective when he was handed a spot in the starting rotation down the stretch in 2015, putting up a 4.50 ERA and a 5.32 K/9 in eight starts. He's currently battling Danny Duffy and Chris Young for the final two spots in the rotation going into 2016, but this at least indicates he holds the high ground in that battle.

Kris Medlen SP KC 7 months ago

Medlen (6-2) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks across six innings in a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday. He struck out four.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In Medlen's eight starts, he has two stinkers and six strong outings. In the two bad starts, he allowed 13 runs on 20 hits and in the six good starts, he allowed just nine runs on 26 hits. This sort of inconsistency is hard to trust, especially considering he has yet to record more than six strikeout in any start thus far. In any case, Medlen has made quite the comeback from Tommy John surgery and it appears he may be in line to crack the starting rotation yet again next season.

Kris Medlen SP KC 7 months ago

Medlen (5-2) surrendered nine hits, six earned runs and a walk in 3.2 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Indians on Saturday. He struck out four.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen had not yielded an earned run over his previous two starts but promptly surrendered a two-run triple to Carlos Santana in the first, a harbinger of things to come. Although he only surrendered one walk, Medlen was under constant duress on Saturday and pitched to contact, inducing only five swings-and-misses over 76 offerings. The veteran's night was a far cry from the dominance he wielded over the Indians' bats in a Sept. 15 start where he blanked them over 6.1 innings in their home park. Despite the forgettable night on the mound Saturday, Medlen has generally performed well in his return from Tommy John surgery. He will look to close out the regular season in strong fashion in his next start.

Kris Medlen SP KC 8 months ago

Medlen (4-1) blanked the Indians over 6.1 innings, surrendering five hits and one walk in a 2-0 victory Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Medlen made his fifth start after starting the season out of the bullpen following a 2014 campaign wiped out by Tommy John surgery, and the veteran turned in his best performance to date. It was the longest into the game that the 29-year-old has gone in his trips to the mound, although it was also the first start in which he failed to record a strikeout. After a rocky Sept. 4 appearance in which he gave up 11 hits and seven earned runs over 5.2 innings to the White Sox, Medlen has surrendered only two earned runs and eight hits over 12.1 innings in two starts since. If Medlen can continue to build up his endurance over his remaining starts, he could potentially serve as a valuable component of the Royals' postseason pitching staff.