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“It’s not really a secret, I rely on getting first-pitch strikes, getting ahead of the guys and making them hit my pitch,” Lohse said. “That’s my version of pitching to contact. I’m not out there trying to strike guys out, I want them out in three or four pitches and move on.”

He’ll try not to carry any extra burden into this start.

“We’ve had our ups and downs as the rotation goes,” Lohse said. “You can’t put more pressure on yourself to go out there and do more. I can’t go out there and try to throw seven innings all at once.”

Cain was ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa’s choice as the NL All-Star game starter in July. The right-hander hasn’t gone deep in either of his postseason starts, giving up six runs in 10 2-3 innings.

He struggled against the Cardinals this year, too, going 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in two starts.