After their manager used the same lineup for each game of the division series, the Cardinals will employ the same roster in the National League championship series that worked against the Washington Nationals. The rotation, however, is a different matter. Because they were pushed to a fifth game, manager Mike Matheny will use Lance Lynn in Sunday night's series opener against the San Francisco Giants and hold Adam Wainwright for only one appearance — Game 4. Lynn, who replaces the injured Jaime Garcia (shoulder) in the rotation, precedes Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse and Wainwright. General manager John Mozeliak presaged the move Thursday when he insisted that Wainwright would not work on short rest during this postseason. The club could have shifted Wainwright to Wednesday's Game 3 and assigned Lohse Game 4, but recent performance coupled with Wainwright's advancing pitching load argued against such a switch. Wainwright surrendered six runs on seven hits (six for extra bases) in 2 1/3 innings Friday night at Nationals Park. Though Wainwright struck out 15 in two division series starts, his fastball looked increasingly vulnerable. He surrendered 13 hits and seven earned runs in eight innings while climbing above 200 innings in his first season since missing 2011 because of elbow ligament replacement.
Wainwright to start once vs. Giants
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Oct 14