Wainwright won't face Kershaw on short rest in Gm. 4

Wainwright won't face Kershaw on short rest in Gm. 4

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly put an end to all speculation on Monday, when he announced that Clayton Kershaw, not Dan Haren, will be starting Game 4 of the National League Division Series a day later (4 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1). The Cardinals, in contrast, do not plan to tweak their pitching plans.

Asked if he would also consider bringing back his Game 1 starter, Adam Wainwright, on three days' rest to pitch, manager Mike Matheny replied: "Shelby Miller will be pitching tomorrow."

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

Wainwright has never before started on short rest, and with the arm issues he has dealt with this season, it would have been a surprising move for the Cardinals to push him to do so now. Instead, the Cardinals feel comfortable sticking with Miller, who posted a 3.41 home ERA in 17 games this season. The Cardinals won four of Miller's five September starts while he posted a 1.48 ERA and limited hitters to a .189 batting average.

As for facing Kershaw, the Cardinals will be looking to defeat the Dodgers lefty for the second time in a postseason series two years in a row. Last year, St. Louis beat Kershaw in Games 2 and 6 (the latter being the series clincher) of the NL Championship Series. In the first game of this series, the Cardinals stung Kershaw for eight earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"He's going to be ready," Matheny said of Kershaw. "He's going to want a piece of us, and we'll be ready to reciprocate."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.