Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/4/12
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 has been on Medlen, who was selected as the National League Pitcher of the Month for both August and September. And for good reason. He allowed just two earned runs in 35 23 innings over five August starts and six earned runs in 43 innings over six September starts. Pretty dominant, said third baseman David Freese. What is it, 20-something something games that hes pitched the Braves have won? Id like to say hes due but the way hes been throwing its going to be a tough battle. Medlen has allowed zero or one earned run in ten of his 12 starts since entering the starting rotation on July 31. He allowed two earned runs and three earned runs in his other two outings. Hes been great but you never know whats going to happen in one game, said first baseman Allen Craig. Its going to be exciting to go out there and compete against him because hes been really tough. Not only has Medlen not been giving up any runs, he hasnt given up many hits or base runners either. Hes allowed more than five hits in just one of his 12 starts and has 84 strikeouts to just 10 walks. Medlen hasnt started against the Cardinals this season but did make three relief appearances against them earlier this season. He allowed three earned runs and six hits in 5 23 innings. Hes a good pitcher, said Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Hes having a good run, but at the same time, we have a good team also. Its going to be fun to watch. Said outfielder Carlos Beltran, We got the opportunity to face him before he was a starter coming form the bullpen so we kind of have an idea what type of pitcher he is. Lately I know hes been pitching good and doing a good job for them but we have to go out there and be aggressive. Hes a guy thats going to throw a lot of strikes. The Cardinals are attempting to become the first National League team to repeat as World Champions since the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-76. And theyll have to do something that a team has done only one time this season: beat Kris Medlen.
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