Braves Cardinals NL Wild Card preview and open thread

NL Wild Card showdown: Atlanta hosts St. Louis [Preview and Open Thread]

10/5/12 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

September 25, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIREKris Medlen is starting the first NL Wild Card play-in game of all time. That is great news for the Atlanta Braves, who have won a modern-record 23 consecutive times that Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA) has started on the bump for Atlanta.  Medlen, a 5-foot-10 inch righty, is not well known around baseball, but now holds a record previously held by a pair of Hall of Famers -- Carl Hubbell and Whitey Ford. Not bad company -- and Medlen is just 26.

Friday's game is the first in the new Wild Card format that pits the Braves and Cardinals against each other to earn the right to enter the main postseason bracket and take on the NL East-champion Washington Nationals. 

Another subtext of Friday's game is that it could be the last in the illustrious career of Braves third baseman, and future Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones. Jones, who has spent his entire career in Atlanta, has already announced he will retire at season's end. Today gives him at least one more game at Turner Field. 

The Cardinals sure hope it is Jones' last game. St. Louis, who improbably won the World Series last year in Tony La Russa's last year managing the team and Albert Pujols' last season as a Cardinal, must win today to continue their chance at defending their title.

The Cardinals will send a pretty darn good pitcher to the hill today too. Kyle Lohse has had a career year, going 16-3 with a 2.87 ERA. That is great, but in 12 starts this season Medlen is a ridiculous 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA. That will be a lot to overcome for the Cardinals.

First pitch is set for 5:07 p.m. ET and the game is being televised on TBS. 

I guess I haven't hidden it too well, but I think this is a game the Braves win. Perhaps, 6-3. What do you think?
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10/5/12   |   scquwi1   |   1226 respect

I was watching the WNBA play-off game between the Suns and Fever and during half time I had seen the infield fly rule which was called tonight. True you do not have to catch the ball in the infield to have an infield fly rule. By rule of thumb if a player on defense has to take more then 6 steps to catch it then it is not ordinary effort. Great call on the interference on the runner going to first, bad call on the infield fly rule.

10/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Well, now we know what everyone will be talking about tomorrow. Sam Holbrook. 

10/5/12   |   Scott   |   51764 respect

If the Braves were playing even a fraction of better defense, they'd be leading this game.  Cards have 6 runs on 4 hits through 7 innings

10/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Or not...

10/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Also, Medlen + 2-0 lead = trouble for the Cardinals

10/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

HotToddy wrote:
Is it true that each team submits a 25 man roster only for tonight's game (can be changed for the next series)?  If that's the case, how would that affect the roster you construct for tonight?

That is the case. That said, I'm not sure it would change my roster much except I would remove any starters that are unavailable and put in different available arms (and maybe a 3rd catcher or speedster off the bench).

10/5/12   |   HotToddy   |   7 respect

Is it true that each team submits a 25 man roster only for tonight's game (can be changed for the next series)?  If that's the case, how would that affect the roster you construct for tonight?