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NL Wild Card Game 2012: Cardinals vs. Braves Lineups, Pitching Matchup Breakdown
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Kris Medlen will start for the Atlanta Braves in Friday's NL wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals kick off the MLB playoffs with an NL wild-card game that will decide who plays the Washington Nationals in the divisional round.

In what will be a fitting tribute to the 2011 season, the Cardinals will again try to overtake the Braves to earn a spot in the NLDS.

Last year, it was an epic collapse by the Braves that allowed the Cardinals to win the wild card. This year, there's no collapse, but the Cardinals can again take the Braves' spot with a win in the last game.

The Braves are 5-1 against the Cardinals this year, with the only loss coming on May 28 in Atlanta.

Here's a look at the lineups, pitching matchups, bullpens and benches for Friday's game in Atlanta, along with a prediction.

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