Minor turns attention to potential postseason start

Minor turns attention to potential postseason start

Minor turns attention to potential postseason start
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Mike Minor walked off the mound in the seventh inning Saturday night to a rousing ovation from the 48,310 fans at Turner Field. He hadn't allowed the Mets to score in 6 1/3 innings and was in line for the victory if the Braves' bullpen could hold a 2-0 lead.

Four relievers did just that, and Minor's last start of the regular season ended as a success. Now, his attention has turned to whether he will get a chance to pitch in October.

"I'm pretty excited to see what happens in the near future," Minor said.

Whether Minor gets another start this year is now up to his teammates. After a disappointing first half, Minor has been one of the Braves' best starters since the All-Star break and is in line for a start in the National League Division Series, should the Braves advance that far. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said if the Braves play in and win the NL Wild Card game, he would pick between Minor and fellow left-hander Paul Maholm to be the Game 2 starter in the NLDS.

That game wouldn't be until Oct. 8, meaning Minor would have more than a week in between starts. He said he isn't worried about staying sharp.

"Maybe a longer bullpen, maybe a simulated game," Minor said. "There's a number of things we can do. It all depends on what happens [this week]."

Gonzalez said he's confident Minor won't have any problems with a longer layover between starts.

"I don't think he's going to forget how to pitch," Gonzalez said. "We'll get him a good side [session], get him a good lather going and then get him set up."