2012 Wild Card Day Discussion Thread: Cardinals at Braves, 5 p.m., Orioles at Rangers, 8:30 p.m.

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Major League Baseball's first Wild Card Day kicks off later this afternoon in Atlanta, and continues this evening in Arlington.

Okay, so the Phillies aren't around, but if you're a baseball fan, this is fun as hell. Sure, it might be like a hot fudge sundae -- delicious and gratifying, but ultimately counterproductive -- but I'm digging in.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves - 5:00 p.m.

Former Phillie Kyle Lohse starts for the Cardinals at 5:00 p.m. against the Atlanta Braves, hoping that Kaz Matsui is nowhere to be found. Never forget.

Kris Medlen, who's been sickeningly good for the Braves in the second half, starts for the Braves.


Next Game

St. Louis Cardinals
@ Atlanta Braves

Friday, Oct 5, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT
Turner Field

Kyle Lohse vs Kris Medlen

Sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Kyle Lohse

#26 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals

6-2

210

R

R

Oct 04, 1978


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Kyle Lohse 16-3 34 33 0 0 0 0 211.0 192 74 67 19 38 143 2.86 1.09




Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Kris Medlen 10-1 50 12 2 1 1 1 138.0 103 26 24 6 23 120 1.57 .91



Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers - 8:30 p.m.

The Orioles, one of the best stories in baseball in 2012, look to take one more step against the two-time defending American League Champion Texas Rangers later tonight in Arlington. The Rangers, who led the American League West almost wire-to-wire, found themselves knocked into the Wild Card round by the surging Oakland A's.

"Rookie" Yu Darvish gets the ball for the Rangers against veteran lefty Joe Saunders for the Orioles. Mismatch? Maybe. But baseball is weird.


Next Game

Baltimore Orioles
@ Texas Rangers

Friday, Oct 5, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Joe Saunders vs Yu Darvish

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Joe Saunders

#48 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles

6-3

210

L

L

Jun 16, 1981


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Joe Saunders 3-3 7 7 0 0 0 0 44.2 49 20 18 4 8 23 3.63 1.28




Yu Darvish

#11 / Pitcher / Texas Rangers

6-5

215

R

R

Aug 16, 1986


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Yu Darvish 16-9 29 29 0 0 0 0 191.1 156 89 83 14 89 221 3.90 1.28





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