Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals Play-In Game Preview: Fan’s Take

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For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the use of a play-in game will be in play later today (Friday, Oct. 5) when the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals meet at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves finished in second place in the National League East, while the Cardinals fell short in their pursuit of catching the Cincinnati Reds. When the two teams meet, which team will have the edge?

The Braves will send their latest ace to the hill when Kris Medlen goes out for the biggest game of his career. Medlen has started 12 games for the Braves this season and is 9-0 in those starts. Overall this season, Medlen is 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 138 innings. Going back to 2010,the Braves have won the last 23 starts that Medlen has made, making him the perfect option to start this crucial game that many Atlanta fans were hoping to see a season ago when the Braves collapsed in September.

In his career against the Cardinals, Medlen has made five appearances (no starts) and has given up four runs in 9 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.

For the Cardinals, it will be Kyle Lohse taking the ball out to the mound. The defending World Series champions will hope that Lohse and his 2.86 ERA this season can lower the 4.97 mark he has in his career against the Braves. Lohse has been remarkable this season, going 16-3 with 143 strikeouts and just 38 walks in 211 innings. Since going to St. Louis, Lohse has resurrected his career and has turned into one of the most reliable arms in the Cardinals' rotation, which explains why he is the man the team is trusting.

The first pitch is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. and the game will be shown on TBS, Atlanta's former home. Whether the Braves can find the success later today remains to be seen, but for fans that have missed watching their team on TBS, this will be a pleasant (hopefully) return.


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Hobson Lopes has been a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, thanks to TBS, and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.

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