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Kyle Lohse Is the Cardinals Game 1 Starter

Sep 29, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

With their ace Chris Carpenter throwing brilliantly in a must-win game yesterday, the Cardinals are forced to go with Kyle Lohse as their NLDS Game One starter on Saturday. Well, they're not exactly forced to do anything, but that's what Tony LaRussa wants.

With their ace Chris Carpenter throwing brilliantly in a must-win game yesterday, the Cardinals are forced to go with Kyle Lohse as their NLDS Game One starter on Saturday. Well, they’re not exactly forced to do anything, but that’s what Tony LaRussa wants.

Edwin Jackson will start game two and Chris Carpenter will go in game three in St. Louis.

According to a St. Louis Cardinals blog, Jaime Garcia is much better at home, where LaRussa decided to keep him for game four, “Garcia is being saved for Busch Stadium, where he’s been a
markedly different pitcher. His ERA at home is 2.55, but 4.61 on
the road.”

>>Lohse to start game 1 vs. Phillies

Game 1, 5:07 p.m. Saturday: Roy Halladay (19-6)
vs. Kyle Lohse (14-8)

Game 2, 8:07 p.m. Sunday: Cliff Lee (17-8) vs.
Edwin Jackson (5-2)

Game 3, time TBA: Cole Hamels (14-9) vs. Chris
Carpenter (11-9)

***UPDATE*** Tony La Russa changed up his lineup on Friday afternoon. Instead, Carpenter will start game 2 on Sunday and Jaime Garcia will start game 3 on Tuesday.