ATLANTA The Cardinals know the numbers.
They know Braves starter Kris Medlen is 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA this season. They know hes 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining the rotation. And yes, they are well aware that Atlanta has won the last 23 games the right-hander has started.
The Cardinals also know what type of offense they have.
Hes had a great run, you cant deny that, said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. But I look at our offense and Im not afraid of our matchup with anybody when were clicking. Its just a matter of everybody being on that night.
Easier said than done against someone with the stats and the stuff like Medlen. But thats the task that faces the Cardinals Friday afternoon when the right-hander starts against them in the one game Wild Card showdown at Turner Field.
The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse, who has a pretty impressive resume of his own. Lohse was 16-3 with a 2.87 ERA during the regular season.
But most of the talk entering this game...