Wainwright has the experience to start series

8:43 AM, Oct 6, 2012   |    comments
Adam Wainwright (50) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
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(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- After their controversial 6-3 win over Atlanta in the first wild-card playoff game, the Cardinals will begin play in the Division Series at home Sunday against the Washington Nationals, against whom they took two of three at Busch Stadium in the final 10 days of the season.

Though manager Mike Matheny made no official announcement after Friday's game, right-hander Adam Wainwright said he had been told earlier that he would be starting Sunday's game.

Wainwright has had two disparate outings against the Nationals this season, He beat them 12-2 on Sept. 28, allowing one run in six innings to gain his 14th victory.

But, on Aug. 31, Wainwright had his worst game, giving up nine hits and six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings against Washington.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has won his last three decisions, likely will draw Monday afternoon's start. Veteran right-hander Chris Carpenter, who has made a startling comeback from nerve surgery in July, probably will get the Game 3 start in Washington on Wednesday. Carpenter has pitched well, for the most part, in his first three starts although the Cardinals didn't win any of them.

Right-hander Kyle Lohse, who started and won the wild-card playoff game on Friday, would be in line for Game 4 and Wainwright for the fifth game. The final three would be played in Washington.

This means that right-hander Lance Lynn, moved to the bullpen for the wild-card game even though he won 18 games during the season, is expected to be in the bullpen again for the Division Series.


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