Larry Bowa, an MLB Network studio analyst who spent 40 years in Major League Baseball as a player, manager and coach, analyzes the Cardinals-Braves NL Wild Card game for the AJC. Bowa can be seen MLB Network’s ‘MLB Tonight’ before and after every postseason game.
Braves’ Kris Medlen: “Right now, Medlen might be best pitcher in National League. I’ve watched him pitch several times and not many teams are able to square up on him. He has 3-4 pitches he throws at will, whether he’s ahead or behind in the count. Pitching in his own park will be important. He’s as good as anybody.”
Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse: “He’s one of those guys who keeps you in ballgames. He throws you strikes. [But] he is the kind of guy you’re gonna get something to hit. Secondary pitches are important.”
Edge to: Medlen
Braves: [Craig] Kimbrel’s command’s a lot better. … Keeping that bullpen fresh has been the big thing. They went through a period of time [last season] where they used