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2012 MLB Playoffs: Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson Likely Starters For Wild Card Game

Kris Medlen or Tim Hudson would get the ball for a potential wild card game.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the  Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on September 17, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on September 17, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday that he would start either Kris Medlen or Tim Hudson in a potential wild card game. The Braves are five games behind the Nationals in the NL East, making the Wild Card a likely destination at this point.

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Under the expanded playoff format, the two Wild Card teams meet in a one-game playoff, with the winner advancing to a division series. If the season ended today, the Braves would host the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card game.

Hudson is 15-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 26 starts this season. He's struck out 94 and walked 46 over 164-2/3 innings. Medlen is 9-1 with a 1.51 ERA over 10 starts.

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