Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals: NL Wild-Card preview

Are you ready for a one-game playoff?


  1. Friday, 5:07 p.m. EST, Turner Field, Atlanta.
  2. TV: TBS,  Also on MLB.TV (subscription required)
  3. Broadcasters: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci;
  4. Braves won season series 5-1.
  5. Vegas odds: Braves -160, over/under 7
  6. Only two Cardinals have had more than five at-bats against Medlen in their careers: Carlos Beltran (0-for-6) and Rafael Furcal (2-for-9). In two relief appearances this year against St. Louis, Medlen has allowed one earned run in three innings on four hits. In his last start, on Sept. 30, Medlen threw six innings against the Mets, giving up an unearned run on three hits.  
  7. The bad news for Kyle Lohse is that he faced the Braves once this year and got shelled, surrendering five earned runs and nine hits in just five innings. Two of those hits were home runs -- a two-run shot by Brian McCann (who won't be starting) and a 419-foot Freddie Freeman solo homer.  On the road this year, Lohse has a 3.41 ERA and .251 batting average against. Chipper Jones is batting .462 against Lohse with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He's also been walked six times.
  8. How they got there:

  9. The Braves ran away with the first wild-card spot, clinching on Sept. 25. The Cardinals finished with a two-game cushion over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but six games behind the Braves for the first spot.
  10. How they stack up:

  11. History: 

  12. Remember last year? On the last day of the season, the Braves finished their monumental collapse, losing to the Phillies in extra innings. The Cardinals secured the NL wild card, and went on to do this:
  13. St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series, Game 7 - Final Out & Fireworks!!!
  14. Get hyped!

  15. Jim Hayes and Ken Rosenthal discuss Cardinals-Braves Wild Card Playoff
  16. Keep in mind

  17. Braves starting catcher Brian McCann won't get the start today, as manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to have his best defensive catcher in the lineup.