Postponed Rotation Decision

(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were postponed due to rain tonight and have rescheduled their game as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, August 31st. The first game will be played at 12:15pm followed by the night cap at 6:15.

“Which will be fine in the sense of rosters expand the next day,” Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt reminded.

The two teams are still scheduled to play the final game of their series tomorrow, with the first pitch set for 12:15pm.

“We’ve pushed everybody back, so Dakota will throw tomorrow and then we’ll go to Miles, Jack, and Waino,” said Shildt, who now must decide on a starter for Monday.

“We’ve got two guys in our bullpen that can take the start, Wacha and Helsley,” Shildt said. “Ponce de Leon has the opportunity to pitch a little bit on Thursday and available even more now on Monday. Let’s not pigeon-holing ourselves for the fact that we’ve still got four games before that day.”

Helsley was recalled from Memphis prior to today’s game and threw 53 pitches in 2.2 innings during his last start with the Redbirds on May 31st. Wacha pitched 2.1 innings of relief on Tuesday for the Cardinals.

Two other names that had been raised as potential starters were Alex Reyes and Jacob Woodford.

“I think Alex needs an extra start (at Memphis),” Shildt said. “He’s in the mix overall, because somebody needs to nail that spot down.”

Woodford is not currently on the 40-man roster.

“I know he threw well last night,” Shildt conceded. “He’s definitely working his way more into the conversation. He’s earning that.”

So down to the three candidates of Wacha, Helsley, and Ponce de Leon it essentially comes down to the game situations and useage of each pitcher between now and Monday.

“It is,” Shildt confirmed. “We’ll see how the games go, where guys are.”

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