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Braves LHP Keuchel to start Game 4 of NLDS on short rest

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Atlanta Braves left-hander Dallas Keuchel will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series on short rest.

The 31-year-old Keuchel started the series opener on Thursday, allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings in Atlanta's 7-6 loss to St. Louis. He threw 42 of his 74 pitches for strikes.

The Braves waited until Monday to announce their Game 4 starter. Manager Brian Snitker said they told the Cardinals it was Keuchel on Sunday night.

The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 19 starts this season after signing a one-year deal on June 7.

"I know it's a day short, but he didn't have an extended, just a grueling outing in his first one either," Snitker said. "So that's why we feel really good about him going out there today."

Atlanta is one win away from advancing to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.

Dakota Hudson will start for the Cardinals on Monday. The rookie right-hander is making his postseason debut after going 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA this season.

Each team stayed with the same starting lineup it used during Atlanta's 3-1 victory Sunday, except for the starting pitchers.

 

Here is a capsule look at Monday's NLDS Game 4 matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta Braves (97-65, first in the NL East) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (91-71, first in the NL Central)

St. Louis; Monday, 3 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Dallas Keuchel (0-0, 1.93 ERA); Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

NLDS: Atlanta leads the series 2-1

BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta will look to clinch a series win with a victory over St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLDS.

The Cardinals are 50-31 on their home turf. The St. Louis pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.83. Jack Flaherty leads the team with a 2.75 ERA.

The Braves have gone 47-34 away from home. Atlanta has hit 249 home runs this season, eighth in the league. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads them with 41, averaging one every 15.3 at-bats.


TOP PERFORMERS: Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 34 home runs and is batting .260. Matt Carpenter is 8-for-35 with a double, three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.

Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 189 hits and is batting .295. Francisco Cervelli is 2-for-15 with two home runs and three RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

Cardinals Injuries: Jordan Hicks: (elbow), Tony Cingrani: (shoulder), Brett Cecil: (wrist/forearm), Lane Thomas: (wrist).

Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), A.J. Minter: (shoulder), Chris Martin: (oblique), Charlie Culberson: (face), Alex Jackson: (knee).

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