St. Louis Cardinals@ Atlanta Braves
Friday, 7/26 7:30 PM
Adam Wainwright, RHP (13-5, 2.44 ERA)vsMike Minor, LHP (9-5, 2.98 ERA)
Wainwright continues to be the definition of ace, giving the Cardinals a strong chance to win each time out. He leads the league in innings pitched and wins, and he has finished at least eight innings in eight of his starts.
Since enduring four consecutive shaky starts, Minor has turned things around, allowing two earned runs or fewer in each of his past three outings. He has compiled a 2.66 ERA in his past 35 starts.
Saturday, 7/27 3:05 PM
Joe Kelly, RHP (1-3, 3.88 ERA)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (7-5, 3.25 ERA)
Kelly is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in three spot starts this season. The right-hander hasn't pitched since July 12, his last start, when he allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.
Teheran was masterful in the six innings he completed against the Mets on Monday. As he displayed good life with his fastball and slider, he showed that he benefited from the All-Star break.
Sunday, 7/28 8:05 PM
Shelby Miller, RHP (10-6, 2.77 ERA)vs Kris Medlen, RHP (6-10, 3.78 ERA)
Pitching on 12 days of rest, Miller held the Phillies scoreless for six innings, scattering three hits, in his last start. He walked one batter while striking out six. This will be the rookie Miller's first career start versus Atlanta.
Medlen's inability to consistently command his fastball has haunted him this season. Since beginning June with a pair of scoreless outings, he has posted a 5.53 ERA in the seven starts that have followed.