ST. LOUIS -- While prepared to turn to Adam Wainwright on short rest had the Cardinals been down 3-0 in the World Series, manager Mike Matheny said on Friday that he plans to start Lance Lynn in Game 4 on Sunday night (7 p.m. CT on FOX, 7:15 first pitch).
The game will not be an elimination game regardless of what happens in Game 3 on Saturday night (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), and that ensures Wainwright of making a second start against the Red Sox. The ace will pitch Game 5 on the regular four days' rest, after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
For Lynn, the start will be his third this postseason. He was available in the Cards' bullpen during the two games in Boston, but wasn't needed. Lynn last pitched on Oct. 15, defeating the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series while allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
This will be the first World Series start of Lynn's career; he appeared in five Fall Classic games as a reliever in 2011.
"We know that Lance has also been a guy that can pitch in big situations," Matheny said.
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