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Braves look to even NLDS with Cardinals

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Cardinals won Game 1 by a score of 7-6, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth and withholding three runs scored by the Braves in the bottom of the frame. It was the third postseason game in history where both teams scored at least three runs in the 9th inning.
  2. St. Louis is 9-1 all-time in best-of-5 playoff series when leading 1-0. The only best-of-5 round that the Cardinals have lost under these circumstances was their most recent, the 2015 NLDS against the Cubs which Chicago won, 3-1.
  3. The Braves are 1-10 all-time in best-of-5 series when trailing 1-0. Atlanta has lost each of its last eight best-of-5 series when trailing 1-0.
  4. Jack Flaherty posted an MLB-leading 0.91 ERA across 15 starts after the All-Star break (min. 70 IP). Flaherty's post-All-Star break ERA is the lowest mark in team history, besting the 1.19 post-ASB ERA recorded by Bob Gibson during his 1968 NL MVP and NL Cy Young campaign, the year before the mound was lowered (min. 70 IP).
  5. Mike Foltynewicz went 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts this September. Foltynewicz made two starts in the 2018 NLDS against the Dodgers (both Braves' losses), throwing a combined six innings, allowing five runs and issuing seven walks.
  6. Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a home run in St. Louis' Game 1 win, bringing his career postseason slash line to .333/.415/.778 in 41 plate appearances. Goldschmidt has struggled against Foltynewicz throughout their careers, batting .190 (4-for-21) with no home runs, one RBI and 10 strikeouts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/4/2019 thru 10/4/2019
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

A pair of the National League's top pitchers over the last two months will face off in Game 2 of the NL Division Series, each with an important objective.

The St. Louis Cardinals will send right-hander Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) to face the host Atlanta Braves' Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54) on Friday afternoon.

Flaherty will try to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead when the best-of-five series shifts to St. Louis on Sunday. Foltynewicz will try to even the series and avoid putting the Braves in a very difficult situation.

"Any time you can win on the road, it's important, especially Game 1," St. Louis veteran Matt Carpenter said. "All the pressure is over there now. We've got our ace on the mound, so we feel good about it."

St. Louis came away with a 7-6 win in Game 1 by rallying to score two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth. It was just enough to hold off the Braves, who scratched for three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Flaherty has been the Cardinals' best pitcher over the last two months, winning NL Pitcher of the Month honors in both August and September. He did not start the series opener because he was needed to pitch the regular-season finale Sunday to secure the division title.

Flaherty is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in three career starts against the Braves. He has faced the Braves twice this season, both in May, going 1-0 with 2.25 ERA. He threw six scoreless innings against Atlanta and struck out seven on May 26, but did not receive a decision.

"They've got professional hitters up and down," Flaherty said. "They can run a little bit, so they just put good at-bats together no matter what, don't give any at-bats away. As long as we go out and execute our game, execute what we need to do, we'll be in a good position."

Foltynewicz was on the 2018 All-Star team, but got off to a slow start and spent two months at Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He has returned to form since being recalled on Aug. 5; over his last seven starts, Foltynewicz is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA.

Foltynewicz is 3-4 with a 7.64 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals. He made two starts against St. Louis in May, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

"To see where I am at today, it was a little far-fetched," Foltynewicz said. "But at the same time, I kept the same goal and dream that I'm going to be with these guys no matter what it is -- bullpen, starting -- when the playoffs came around."

The Braves will likely be without right-handed setup reliever Chris Martin. He left the game Thursday with right oblique tightness.

Atlanta must again address questions of Ronald Acuna Jr.'s mental errors. He did not run after hitting what he thought was going to be a home run in the seventh. The ball hit off the wall, and Acuna was held to a single.

"He should have been on second," said manager Brian Snitker, who removed Acuna from the game when a similar incident occurred during the regular season. "And we're kind of short-handed to do anything about it right there. You hate to see that happen."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 4, 2019

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