(The Cardinal Nation Show) - The Cardinals look to take the opening series of this three city 10 day road trip with a win tonight in Atlanta. First pitch is expected at 6:10 CST.
On the mound will be a pair of crafty veterans. For the visiting World Champions, Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.90 ERA). Lohse last pitched on Friday, giving up three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Phillies. In his previous two starts, Lohse has allowed eight earned runs on 20 hits over just 12 1/3 innings. Lohse opened the year with a 5-1 mark and still boasts that record with a decent 2.90 ERA over 62 innings pitched this season. The righty is 4-1 in six road starts this season and has made nine career starts against his former Cardinals team, going 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA.
For the Braves, Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.12 ERA). Hudson hasn't had much luck lately and is coming off his worst performance of the season in which he gave up 7 earned runs on eight hits and took the loss last Saturday to the Nationals. Hudson fell to 3-2 in six starts and saw his earned run average go from 3.03 to 4.12. The veteran right-hander, who is 2-1 in three home assignments this season, will make his 12th career start against the Cardinals. He is 3-4 with a hefty 5.59 ERA over the first 11 meetings with St. Louis.
On Tuesday, the Cards couldn't match the long ball, despite a 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI performance by Yadier Molina. The Braves ended a season-high eight-game losing streak with last night's 5-4 win, as Dan Uggla belted a three-run home run and Michael Bourn added a solo shot to lead the charge. Jose Costanza scored on a wild pitch for the Braves, who avoided their longest slide since dropping nine in a row from April 21-29, 2010 and batted just .178 as a team during the skid.
St. Louis had a modest two-game winning streak stopped and lost for the fourth time in six tries last night. Jake Westbrook was no help whatsoever and yielded five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in five innings.
It's expected that Cardinals third baseman and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese will not play for the third straight game because of right wrist soreness. He is hitting .270 this season with 10 homers and 33 runs batted in.
The Cardinals will move on to New York to take on the Mets beginning Friday.