Braves Face Cardinals Friday Afternoon In Atlanta For Wild Card Title

Winner Moves On To NL Division Series - The Loser Goes Home

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Kris Medlen has been the Braves most effective pitcher during the second half of the season.
Kris Medlen has been the Braves most effective pitcher during the second half of the season.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Braves will host the Cardinals on Friday in a one-game playoff that will determine which of these two National League Wild Card entrants advances to the NL Division Series.

The Braves will send Kris Medlen to the mound to oppose Kyle Lohse in this win-one-or-be-done matchup. The game time will be at 5:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

This has been a completely different year for the Braves, who rolled through this season's final month to avoid the collapse they endured while going 9-19 last September. These struggles allowed the Cardinals to earn a playoff berth that seemed highly unlikely when they entered the season's final month trailing Atlanta by 9 1/2 games in the NL Wild Card standings.

One year later, Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card team in both leagues. The Wild Card teams will play a one-game playoff, which is essentially what the Braves and Cardinals would have experienced last year since they had the top two records in the NL Wild Card race.

This will mark the first time the Cardinals will see Medlen as a starting pitcher. It seems safe to say he is not the same guy when they tagged him for three earned runs in 4 2/3 relief innings this year.

Medlen has posted a 0.97 ERA in the 12 starts he has made since making the conversion from reliever to starter. The Braves have won each of the past 23 games that he has started, dating back to the 2010 season.

Lohse has gone 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts this year. The veteran right-hander allowed a season-high five earned runs and nine hits in just five innings on May 29 at Turner Field. That was the only start he has made against Atlanta this year.

The Braves have won five of the six games played against the Cardinals this season.

----- Source: MLB.com

Kris Medlen
Kris Medlen
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

PHOTOS: Chattanooga Earns 2-0 Shutout Over Nashville FC

TSWA Announces All-State Soccer Teams

 The Tennessee Sports Writers Association recently announced its all-state high school soccer teams. THE TEAMS        TSWA All State Boys’ Soccer teams Class AAA Nathan Djona, Antioch junior forward Avery Cowan, Brentwood senior midfielder Johnny Heckman, Centennial senior midfielder Nick Zalewski, Sr., Cookeville ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Fourth Of July, 2015

As one who is about good and fed up with being “socially correct” so less than 10 percent of us can dictate how the other 90 percent of us ought to think, I am going to pause today in order to share a wonderfully fun email that has been around for a while. It is aptly called, “You Could Have Heard A Pin Drop.” Before I do, I got a sweet note the other day from my dear friend ... (click for more)