I’m not too concerned about the Braves getting home field advantage. It would be nice, but I’d rather play the Cards, whose closer, Edward Mujica, is struggling, than the Reds, who are playing as well as anyone AND have ace Jonny Cueto returning. Mike Leake, whose 3.21 ERA leads the Redlegs, may be the odd man out of their playoff rotation.
The Braves are still figuring out theirs. Medlen, Minor and Teheran are all but certain to be the top three, especially after the news that Fredi is moving Minor’s start to Saturday, with Teheran pitching the season’s last game.
We still don’t know who will be the fourth starter, or even if the Braves will use one in the first round. If they don’t, Medlen would have to pitch on three days rest. I think he could handle it, and that’s the way I’d go. But if the Braves do advance, a fourth starter would be necessary. A good start by Freddy Garcia could earn him the nod, though Maholm will have his chance tomorrow. Of bigger concern is the offense; the Braves are batting .204 and averaging only 3.16 runs over their last 18 games.
1. Heyward CF 2. J Upton RF 3. Freeman 1B 4. Gattis LF 5. McCann C 6. Simmons SS 7. Uggla 2B 8. E Johnson 3B 9. Garcia P