"It's a small sample, but it seems like we're scoring some runs, and then the other day we didn't do it, because I gave Jason the day off against [Giants lefty Madison] Bumgarner and it being a 12 o'clock game and we really had only one leadoff guy. We've been leading off Heyward, and [Tyler] Pastornicky becomes your second leadoff hitter in the nine-hole."
• Friday night's starter, Ervin Santana, is making his third career start against the Cardinals. He enters the matchup 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA against St. Louis. This season, Santana is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA.
• The Braves' pitching staff entered Friday leading the Majors with a 2.76 ERA. Atlanta starters have posted a quality start in 22 of the team's last 28 games.
Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.