ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn's strong finish has earned him the start in Game 2 of the National League division series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lynn (15-10, 3.97) worked six scoreless innings in the Central clincher Friday night against the Cubs. He won his last two starts to end a skid in which he was 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA in eight outings. He also has pitched the last two postseasons.
Matheny chose Lynn ahead of rookies Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06) and Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69), who have had stronger overall seasons and Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78). Wacha threw 8 2-3 innings of no-hit ball against Washington in his last start.
The manager would not announce starters for Games 3 and 4. Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94) pitches the opener Thursday against the winner of the wild-card game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and could also go in Game 5, if necessary.