Matheny mum on rotation plan should Cards clinch

Matheny mum on rotation plan should Cards clinch

Matheny mum on rotation plan should Cards clinch
ST. LOUIS -- Insistent that he keep his public comments relevant only to the present, manager Mike Matheny has still not publicly divulged the club's pitching plans should the Cardinals clinch a playoff spot before the final day of the regular season.

Chris Carpenter remains scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and likely will regardless whether the Cardinals clinch on Monday night or not. By pitching Tuesday, the only playoff game that Carpenter would be unable to start would be Friday's Wild Card Game. He would be fresh by Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Wednesday's situation is not so clear. If the Cardinals still have not wrapped up the second NL Wild Card, Adam Wainwright will make the start. The Cardinals have not divulged how they'll handle that start if the game is not a must-win one.

"You guys all know we obviously are forward-thinking enough in different scenarios to give us the best chance," Matheny said. "But right now, the way we see it, we have to win two games."