Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has spent the past few weeks proving that he is not afraid to make tough decisions or put himself in position to be second guessed. He benched Dan Uggla for a few days in early September and used some outside-the-box thinking with closer Craig Kimbrel.

Now, on the eve of the postseason, Gonzalez has chosen to sit his struggling six-time All-Star catcher.

Gonzalez announced Thursday that he will start David Ross at catcher in place of Brian McCann in Friday's Wild Card game against the Cardinals at 5:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

"It's one of those things where you feel [Ross] gives you a good chance to win a ballgame," Gonzalez said. "Defensively, we know how well he can throw people out. The Cardinals have a tendency to put people in motion a lot. With the combination of Rossy and [starting pitcher Kris] Medlen, maybe we have an opportunity to shut that down a little bit."