Cards to stick with same rotation order after break

Cards to stick with same rotation order after break

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will not make any changes to their starting rotation after the All-Star break, opting to stick with their regular order for the second half.

"Went through all the numbers, went through all the scenarios, and it just made a whole lot more sense to stick with it as it is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday afternoon.

While right-hander Lance Lynn, selected to his first All-Star team this season, may throw an inning in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, Matheny didn't think that was too much work for Lynn to change his amount of rest. Matheny equated Lynn's potential workload on Tuesday to a bullpen session, and Lynn will still get three days of rest before his next start.

Adam Wainwright will start the first game after the break on Friday in Cincinnati. Lynn will start next Saturday and Jake Westbrook will take the hill in the series finale next Sunday.

Considering how well Saturday starter, Kyle Lohse, has been pitching lately, Matheny said he'd given thought to getting Lohse an extra start after the break. Lohse is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts.

But ultimately it was best for everybody to keep the rotation as is.

"I think they've all been throwing pretty good, too, so you've got to be careful about that," Matheny said.