May 28: Cardinals (26-22) @ Braves (26-23)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Most importantly today, as we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, thank you to the troops who have served — and are serving — our country. Some of the best emails I get from readers come from overseas, where members of the Armed Forces write to let me know that they appreciate being able to read about the Cardinals while they are gone. They explain that sometimes something that simple can evoke a feeling of normalcy.

As timing would have it, one of my childhood best friends was married in Atlanta over the weekend, which is why I escaped down here a few days early. Though I missed the final three games of the Cardinals’ series, I can tell you that the Atlanta media has not been too kind to the Braves in recent days. Nor should they have been. Atlanta has dropped seven straight, making the Cardinals’ 3-7 stretch seem not so dismal.

The Cardinals are finally nearing an off day, which they have been yearning for basically since their last one. This stretch of 20 games in as many days has really worn the team down. That off day comes on Thursday, the day after this three-game series ends.

David Freese is out today with some minor right hand soreness. It’s the same soreness that led to him leaving Sunday’s game prematurely. Freese said he jammed his wrist a few days ago and felt some discomfort swinging yesterday. He said he’s feeling improved today but manager Mike Matheny wanted to be cautious. Freese anticipates being in the lineup Tuesday.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Skip Schumaker (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Matt Adams (1B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Daniel Descalso (3B)
  8. Tyler Greene (2B)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

BRAVES LINEUP:

  1. Michael Bourn (CF)
  2. Martin Prado (LF)
  3. Brian McCann (C)
  4. Dan Uggla (2B)
  5. Jason Heyward (RF)
  6. Juan Francisco (3B)
  7. Eric Hinske (1B)
  8. Tyler Pastornicky (SS)
  9. Tommy Hanson (RHP)

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