Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/13
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that most of the roster decisions were pretty clear before the Pittsburgh Pirates toppled the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card playoff and advanced to the National League division series. The Pirates' win just offered the finishing touch. Edward Mujica will serve as "a righthanded reliever" according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and he will be one of the eight relievers on the 25-man roster for the St. Louis Cardinals. Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller will be available in relief for Thursday's Game 1 of the best-of-five series Matheny confirmed. That leaves Joe Kelly stationed as the team's Game 3 starter. Matheny declined to announce the Game 4 starter. Here is the roster the Cardinals are taking into the NLDS: Lineup (8): Matt Carpenter Carlos Beltran Matt Holliday Matt Adams Yadier Molina Jon Jay David Freese Daniel Descalso. Rotation (5*): Adam Wainwright Lance Lynn Joe Kelly Michael Wacha Shelby Miller. * Only four will be used. Relievers (7): Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Edward Mujica Seth Maness John Axford Randy Choate Kevin Siegrist. Bench (5): Kolten Wong Pete Kozma Shane Robinson Tony Cruz Adron Chambers. The Cardinals will go with ace Adam Wainwright in Game 1 on Thursday. It is the second time in his career that he's started the first game of a playoff series. Wainwright has one win in four previous postseason starts but has the experience of closing out a pennant-winner and a World Series championship as a closer in 2006. "The experience that we've had in the past helps us be ready for each and every game" Wainwright said. "Helps us to naturally control our emotions. What I told the guys today one thing that really helped me in 2006 Jason Isringhausen said 'Just breathe.' It sounds simple. It sounds childish but when you get out there in the moment to actually take some time to just breathe simplifies the game a little bit it calms your nerves and allows you to just focus on the pitch you're making." The Pirates did confirm that Gerrit Cole was warming up after the wild-card game to be the Game 2 starter in this series. Matheny was general when asked about the role that Mujica would have in the bullpen during this series. While the Cardinals held their workout at Busch Stadium today general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that rookie Trevor Rosenthal has taken over the ninth and would be the arm the team goes to in the event they have a lead to hold down in the ninth inning. "He's done a great job for us and did the same thing last year" Matheny said of Rosenthal. "Stepped into big positions and just made positions. Through this last stretch here we needed some help down there and Trevor was an option for us that we went to and he threw the ball very well. It's just him learning new roles and taking new responsibilities and continuing to try to improve his game. "I think he's got a much better feel for some of his secondary pitches now than he ever had before and he's got a better idea of the league and more importantly when to use his stuff. So it's been fun to watch that transition."
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