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Game Thread 5/16: Braves at Cardinals

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Ervin Santana takes on Lance Lynn in the series opener

Rob Foldy

The Braves will take on the Cardinals with a three game set with arguably their best pitcher on the mound to start the series. To say Santana has been phenomenal out of the gate would be an understatement. His changeup usage has been a huge reason for his success and hopefully he can continue that against a Cardinal offense that has lacked the home run power that usually plagues Santana.

Lance Lynn has been an effective starter, especially in the strikeout department. The offense in Atlanta is not in for an easy test in game one but for the series at least they avoid Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright. Taking the series lead after game one is extremely vital if the Braves are to win the series.

Today's Lineups

Jason Heyward - RF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Justin Upton - LF Kolten Wong - 2B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
Evan Gattis - C Allen Craig - RF
Chris Johnson - 3B Yadier Molina - C
B.J. Upton - CF Matt Adams - 1B
A. Simmons - SS Jhonny Peralta - SS
Ervin Santana - RHP Peter Bourjos - CF
T. Pastornicky - 2B Lance Lynn - RHP