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Wild Card Game lineups: Cardinals vs. Braves

Oct 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

source: AP

Here are the Cardinals’ and Braves’ lineups for the Wild Card playoff game:

1. Jon Jay, CF              1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF       2. Martin Prado, LF
3. Matt Holliday, LF        3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Allen Craig, 1B          4. Chipper Jones, 3B
5. Yadier Molina, C         5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. David Freese, 3B         6. Dan Uggla, 2B
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B      7. David Ross, C
8. Pete Kozma, SS           8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
9. Kyle Lohse, P            9. Kris Medlen, P

Mike Matheny is going with what became the Cardinals’ standard stretch-run lineup and batting order without the injured Lance Berkman and Rafael Furcal. After beginning with a left-handed hitter and a switch-hitter the lineup’s 3-4-5-6 spots are all right-handed bats against Braves right-hander Kris Medlen, but then again he held both righties and lefties to a sub-.210 batting average anyway.

Fredi Gonzalez decided to bench six-time all-star Brian McCann following his terrible August and September, so David Ross gets the start at catcher for the Braves. Ross caught Medlen for 44 of his 138 total innings and they had a ridiculous 0.81 ERA together, so that shouldn’t be an issue. And of course he’s the stat you’ll hear about constantly during the game: Atlanta has won 23 consecutive games started by Medlen and they’re favored tonight.

Feel free to chat during the game in the comments section.

  1. cur68 - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Live blogging or chat for either of these games?

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      I can’t be tweeting while at work…However, and open thread or chat on HBT is totally cool with my IT Dept.

  2. hk62 - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Braves favored but…
    Who will be looser? Cardinals
    Who is thumbing their nose at the baseball gods (laws of probability)? Braves
    Also interesting that the Cardinals have two players that have had a couple of the greatest individual post-seasons in recent history (Freese & Beltran) (although that didn’t help Beltran when he was with the Mets…oops that was the Cardinals then wasn’t it?)

    At least its going to be high tension TV – assuming the shadows aren’t an important factor.

  3. albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Go Cardinals!!

    Also, Go Orioles!

    • jtorrey13 - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I would love a Cardinals vs. Orioles WS. Then could the Blue Jays be far behind in playoff competition (if I go for a spurious team name correlation)? With the success of those teams, would there be a movement to change team names from reptiles, fish and “people” (racist and not) and go with specific bird names like Meadowlarks, Towhees, Grosbeaks, Rooks, Kestrels or Peregrines?

      Nah. But, it would be awesome.

      • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Birds are a type or reptile (at least, if you are going to use that name to span turtles, snakes, lizards, and crocs)…they’re essentially modern dinosaur relatives.

      • paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        Ah yes, public education at work.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Oct 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I like the lineups. Gonna be a great game. Medlen is waaay overdue for a loss. The time is now.

  5. sportsdrenched - Oct 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM


  6. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    The red tomahawks given out to the Braves fans look,…..flaccid. They should be stainless steel. And the Braves organization should be rewarding its fans for finally coming out in droves ,by offering 10cent beer.

  7. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Lol. David Ross calls timeout. Gets it at the last possible second, as the pitch was delivered and swung and missed. Would have been strike three, out 3. Next pitch Ross hits 2 run hr.

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Can someone explain to me what Bourn was thinking? If you know you have to make a long throw to home (or any base actually), why would you catch an easy pop fly flat footed? Why not take a few steps back, and catch it while moving forward? Is there something I’m missing?

    [note, talking about easy fly balls here, not running/diving catches]

  9. proudlycanadian - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I have never seen Larry and the Braves play very much, so my final impression of Larry will be his throwing error that cost the Braves big time..

  10. butchhuskey - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Classless move by the Braves fans to throw garbage on the field

  11. cur68 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Bullshit on the in field fly. WTF. Replacement umps NOW

  12. stanleyfrankmusial - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    That may be the weirdest call I’ve ever seen…no way was that an IFR situation. However as a Cardinals fan, I will take it. And nice move Braves fans with the garbage throwing – how’d you like a forfeit?

  13. stanleyfrankmusial - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Also, good luck with that playing under protest!

  14. dondada10 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    This may be the play that breaks the instant replay camel’s back.

  15. albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Kozma had to have heard the umpire or something. He was right under the play. If he hadn’t pulled off, the ball would have nearly hit him. He certainly could have caught it.

    • dondada10 - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Seems that way. Did he think it was Holliday?

  16. albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    By the way, stay classy Braves fans in the stadium!

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