(BaseballStL) -- Lance Lynn had a difficult start in the NLDS against the Pirates, but Mike Matheny will hand him the ball again to face the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Lynn lasted only 4 1/3rd innings against Pittsburgh and gave up seven hits and five runs. He was much better in his relief stint in Game 1 against Los Angeles, when he pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the victory.
He'd had eight days rest between his start and relief appearances.
"At this time of year it doesn't hurt to have extra rest," said Lynn. "But we're all creatures of habit and like to stay in our routine."
A lot of Cardinals fans would have like the team's routine to include Shelby Miller in a starting role. Miller was a 15 game winner in the regular season, but the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in the playoffs. It seems likely they want to limit Miller's innings and not risk injury, even during a postseason run.
Lynn says he's still bothered by his last start of the 2012 season, in which he was beaten by the San Francisco Giants in what could have been a NLCS clinching victory for the Cardinals at Busch.
The Giants comeback win was the first of three straight for the eventual World Series champions. "During the off season I did think a lot about my last start last season. It wasn't very good.
You can take whatever you want from any situation you've ever been in. Every situation will be new, with different situations to overcome. I'm looking forward to trying to overcome that (in Game 4).