Originally Posted by Wilson33
However, if the Reds end up in a one game playoff against the Pirates or Cards, who would you start and who do you think the other team would start?
I would start Latos regardless of the opponent. He is now our ace, and there will not be an option to get cute with saving him for the next series. It will be a one game win or go home, unfortunately. I'd love to see us win the division, but the Cards have the most favorable schedule.
I don't think that the Cards would start Wainwright against us, due to his last two starts versus the Reds. I think that you are correct in your opinion that the Pirates would start Liriano.
The Cardinals are going to start Wainwright no matter what unless he can't go because he's needed at the end of the season. He won't go on short rest, but other than that it will be Wainwright. You live and die with your Ace every time in a one game playoff. Wainwright was tipping pitches against the Reds and now that he's identified what he was doing he's back to being Wainwright again.