St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Kelly will get the Game 1 start for
the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series against the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kelly will face off against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke in the series opener,
which takes place Friday at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will turn to rookie right-hander Michael Wacha
for Game 2 and veteran righty Adam Wainwright in Game 3. Wacha will go against
Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles has not named a Game 3 starter yet.
Kelly started Game 3 of the NLDS against the Pirates and got a no-decision,
allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck
out five and walked four.
"You look forward to just getting to the playoffs," said Kelly. "To be named a
Game 1 starter, I got chills and goose bumps."
It's uncertain if or when Lance Lynn would start for the Cardinals. Lynn
started Game 2 of the NLDS against Pittsburgh and was tagged for five runs on
seven hits, striking out six and walking three, in 4 1/3 frames.
Wacha was fabulous in his lone NLDS start in Game 4, taking a no-hitter into
the eighth inning. He yielded one run on one hit with nine strikeouts and two
walks in 7 1/3 innings.
Wainwright, of course, was the star for St. Louis, winning both of his NLDS
starts. In Game 5, he allowed just one run, tossing the complete game.
In 16 innings this postseason, Wainwright has allowed two runs on 11 hits,
striking out 15 and walking just one.
The Sports Network