ST. LOUIS — Good afternoon from St. Louis, where the Nationals are on the field taking batting practice a couple hours after the Cardinals wrapped up their workout.
Not an abundance of news out of the managers’ pre-series news conferences earlier, though Davey Johnson and Mike Matheny shed some more light on their starting rotations.
The Nats already had announced Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann as their starters for Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium, and Johnson said today Edwin Jackson would start Game 3 in Washington and Ross Detwiler would follow in Game 4.
Johnson acknowledged he might have swapped Jackson and Detwiler had the Braves advanced, given Atlanta’s lefty-heavy lineup, but said that wasn’t a lock.
“I kind of like the experience that Edwin Jackson brings,” he said.
Matheny, meanwhile, hadn’t even officially announced his starter for Sunday’s Game 1, though the worst-kept secret in town had revealed itself 30 minutes earlier when Adam Wainwright took the podium as the next day’s starter.
So it’ll be Wainwright in the opener, followed by Jaime Garcia in Monday’s Game 2, the veteran Chris Carpenter for Game 3 in D.C. and wild-card starter Kyle Lohse in Game 4.