Adam Wainwright will get the Game 1 start for the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series starting Thursday, with Lance Lynn following him in Game 2 Friday.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the two pitching assignments Tuesday afternoon, five hours before Cincinnati and Pittsburgh met to decide the wild-card winner and the Redbirds' opponent in the best-of-five series.
"We take everything into consideration," said Matheny, who said he would announce the team's 25-man roster for the playoff series Wednesday. "We definitely need to see who we're playing before we finalize it."
Wainwright was 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA in 34 starts. He struck out 219 in 241 2/3 innings, with 35 walks.
Lynn was 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 33 starts. He fanned 198 in 201 2/3 innings, with 76 walks.
"It's an honor to (start) after Wainwright," Lynn said Tuesday. "Hopefully, I'll go out and pitch well for this team ... and give a good effort for us. It's not any different from Games 3 or 4 --whenever the start would have been. I've been preparing for the last couple of days to be ready for any start."
Lynn is 9-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 starts at Busch Stadium, compared to a 6-7 record with a 5.15 ERA in 17 road starts. Matheny conceded that was a factor, but said Lynn's September -- he was 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five starts -- played a larger role in the decision.
"I think more than anything is recently how well he's been throwing the ball," Matheny said. "We like the way he's been rolling. We have some good options, and feel good with any of the guys out there on any day.
"Right now that's the way we decided to go."
Though Matheny wouldn't discuss the rest of the rotation for the series, the Lynn announcement appears to indicate that Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06 ERA) and Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69 ERA) will get the opening playoff starts on the road. Wainwright would be available to pitch in a Game 5 if there is one.
That leaves rookie Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78 ERA in nine starts) available to pitch out of the bullpen, unless Matheny opts for Wacha in the rotation over Kelly. That decision should be revealed Wednesday.
"A lot of it has to do with how they've been throwing lately," Matheny said. "A lot of our guys have good numbers at home."
Miller was the other logical choice to get a home start; he was 10-3 with a 1.75 ERA in 16 games at Busch, 5-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 15 games on the road.
Kelly was the opposite -- 5-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 18 games, eight of them starts, at home. He was 5-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 19 away games, seven of them starts.
Wacha was 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 10 games at Busch, six of them starts. He was 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA in five road games, three of them starts.