Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cardinals Set Games 1-3 Starting Pitchers

As per Cards are going with Kelly, Wacha, then Wainwright:

ST. LOUIS -- Manager Mike Matheny on Thursday announced the Cardinals' rotation plans for the first three games of the National League Championship Series, and as expected, Joe Kelly will start Game 1 on Friday (live on TBS at 7:30 p.m. CT), Michael Wacha will follow in Game 2 and then Adam Wainwright will toss Game 3 in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers will send Zack Greinke to the Busch Stadium mound Friday, and ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch Saturday in St. Louis. [...]

The Cards' two best pitchers in the NLDS, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, would be on turn to start Games 6 and 7, respectively, on normal rest. Wacha, the No. 19 selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, carried a no-hitter for 7 1/3 innings on Monday, limiting the Pirates to one run on one hit and two walks in his first postseason appearance.

"I'm definitely looking forward to pitching in front of this home crowd. It's going to be a lot of fun," Wacha said. The 22-year-old rookie has tossed just 72 innings in the Majors and has never faced the Dodgers. "Just watching them on TV, it's a great ballclub and definitely a dangerous lineup. I'm just going to have to go out there and make pitches."

[Lance] Lynn would seem the likely candidate to start Game 4, as the only starter available on at least regular rest. If he isn't used in relief in the first three games, Shelby Miller would also be available to start Tuesday in Los Angeles, if the Cardinals want to make a change. Since he was moved to the bullpen for the NLDS, the club has not ruled out starting him this October. Miller said Tuesday that if he were to transition back to a starting role, he would need at least one bullpen session to stretch back out to that workload.

With Wainwright going in Game 3 (in Los Angeles), should we just go ahead and throw Chris Capuano and just see what happens? Or maybe Edinson Volquez? Is the opposite of "all in" "all out"?


Hideo Nomo said...

Wasn't Kelly Wacha-Wainwright one of the Real Housewives of St. Louis?

Fred's Brim said...

I am terrified it's gonna be a whole lotta noffense for us in this series