Now, in the first season of the Wild Card playoff game, it'll be the Cardinals and Braves, gunning for the right to take on NL East champion Washington in the divisional playoffs.
The Cardinals will send Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) against the Braves, who roughed him up in his only appearance against Atlanta in 2012. The start came on May 30 in Atlanta, the site of Friday's game, and the Braves tagged Lohse for five runs on nine hits, including two home runs, in a 10-7 loss.
Opposite Lohse is former reliever Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA). The Braves have won 23 consecutive games started by Medlen, a major league record.
Unfortunately for St. Louis, the Braves hold a 5-1 mark against the Cardinals in 2012, their second-highest winning percentage against any team this season (6-1 vs. Colorado).
First pitch is scheduled to air on TBS at 7:37 p.m. CT Friday at Turner Field.