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Cardinals, Braves lineup for their decisive Game 5

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As I wrote earlier, this game is all about Jack Flaherty and Mike Foltynewicz. Here are the men who are gonna try to do something against them.

For the Cardinals, Matt Carpenter gets the nod at third. He’s not had a big series, but the Cards are hoping his muscle memory for being a big star kicks in:

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
7. Tommy Edman (S) RF
8. Paul DeJong (R) SS
9. Jack Flaherty (R) P

For the Braves, Adam Duvall gets the nod over Matt Joyce despite Joyce’s theoretical platoon advantage against the righty Flaherty. Brian Snitker — while not suggesting it was anything analytical as opposed to his gut — noted that Duvall has had a couple of big hits recently. Joyce, meanwhile has been cold. Nick Markakis in the five-hole is enough to make Braves fans sigh but, hey, if he goes 0-for-4, I guarantee you that he’ll do it professionally.

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) CF
2. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Adam Duvall (R) LF
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.