It feels like forever since the Major League Baseball season ended last Sunday, but the St. Louis Cardinals will return to the field this afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of the National League Divisional Series. It is the second straight season that the Dodgers and the Cardinals have met in the postseason. Last year, the Cardinals eliminated them from the postseason in the NL Championship Series in six games.
Here are my predictions for how this postseason will play out. I don’t expect much from them as, while I’m really good at picking NFL playoff results, I very much suck at picking baseball postseason winners. Part of the problem is that the series’ are so long that anything can happen. Not that it being just picking one game is guarantee of anything, I had Oakland and Pittsburgh winning their Wild Card Games and we all know what happened there.
The Cardinals released their roster for the Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers today. While we already knew the rotation, which Matheny gave us yesterday, the team released their full roster today.
There were some surprises, but they’d been softened for the last few weeks as everyone realized tough decisions were going to have to be made or not made. Those decisions were made as Mark Ellis, A.J. Pierzysnki, and Jason Motte were left off the roster.
Mike Matheny announced today his rotation for the National League Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Having already announced Adam Wainwright would be taking the mound in Game 1 opposite Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, Matheny rounded out the rest of the rotation.
Lance Lynn, John Lackey, and Shelby Miller will start games two, three, and four in order for the St. Louis Cardinals. Wainwright would be expected to take the mound in a potential game five. Michael Wacha will be moved to the bullpen where he has an “undefined” role, per Matheny.
On my way home from work these days I’m listening to The Dan Le Batard Show. I’m not a big fan of Le Batard, but they replaced the local show on our sports talk station when both hosts found other jobs over the summer. On Fridays they have a segment with Tim Kurkjian and they do a rapid fire of questions from callers for him. Tonight he was asked who he would select for the fourth rotation spot in the Cardinals’ postseason rotation: John Lackey or Michael Wacha.