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Adam Wainwright could pitch in relief in potential Game 7

Oct 20, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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Ideally, the Cardinals would have NLCS Game 4 starter Adam Wainwright available to start Game 1 or 2 of the World Series next week against Detroit.

But the Cardinals have to get to the World Series first, and so they’re not ruling Wainwright out for a relief appearance in a potential NLCS Game 7 on Monday against the Giants. Via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Matheny offered that using Wainwright in relief was at least a topic of discussion for the team, depending on how the next two days unfold.

“We’re still talking about that, but nothing in stone right now,” Matheny said. “I think it’s taking everything into account.”

Wainwright was shelled for six earned runs over just 2 1/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS versus the Nationals, but he’s been sharp in his other two postseason outings. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 20/3 K/BB ratio in 15 innings since the beginning of the playoffs. His curveball has been excellent.

  1. creek0512 - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Last game of the season, you can’t hold anything back….unless you’re the Nationals.

  2. libertynchurch - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Cards knew that they lost everything last night. If they were to get by Giants, they would need 110% from their pitchers. Now that they will need to pitch Carpenter in the NLCS, they will not match up to the Tigers. But then, neither will the Giants.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    “Cards knew that they lost everything last night. ”

    What the hell? Ummm…it’s a SEVEN GAME SERIES. A series in which the Cardinals are up three games to two. Yet…”they knew they lost everything?”

    “Now that they will need to pitch Carpenter in the NLCS, they will not match up to the Tigers. But then, neither will the Giants.”

    Again…what the hell? You do realize Carp has already pitched in the NLCS right? You realize he has pitched four times this year right? You realize the World Series doesn’t start until Wednesday right? Of course you do. So naturally, you realize he will be able to pitch on normal rest IF they are fortunate enough to advance…right?

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