Michael Wacha’s late-season return from a shoulder injury wasn’t enough for the Cardinals to trust him, so their playoff rotation for the NLDS versus the Dodgers will not include the 22-year-old right-hander who was so good last postseason.
Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and then the Cardinals will turn to Lance Lynn in Game 2, John Lackey in Game 3, and Shelby Miller in Game 4.
Last postseason Miller was relegated to mop-up work and pitched just once. He was actually much less impressive during the regular season this time around, but the Cardinals trust Miller more than Wacha at this stage. Wacha is on the roster, as a reliever.