NLDS 2013: Joe Kelly to start Game 3 vs. Pirates

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

That sets up a rotation of Wainwright-Lynn-Kelly through the first three games for the Cardinals, with either Michael Wacha or Shelby Miller taking the fourth spot.

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to have settled on Joe Kelly to be their starting pitcher for Game 3 of the team's Divisional Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

More Cardinals coverage: Viva El Birdos

St. Louis will have both Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha available in the bullpen for Game 1, when Adam Wainwright gets the start. The Cardinals have said they will go with a four-man rotation, meaning either one of those two could start Game Four, if needed. Lance Lynn is expected to take the mound in Game 2.

Kelly, 25, began the season pitching out of the Cardinals' bullpen, making just one spot start through June and posting a 3.86 ERA. He entered the starting rotation beginning in July and finished the year having made a total of 15 starts. After joining the rotation, Kelly earned a 2.18 ERA while holding hitters to just a 659 OPS.

Though the Cardinals refrained from announcing who would start a potential Game 4, Miller seems like the safe bet. He has been in the rotation all year for St. Louis and is a top candidate to earn Rookie of the Year honors after a magnificent season.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Rays roll on to ALDS with shutout of Tribe

Were A-Rod's supporters hired to protest? | Turns into meme

Royals GM says 86 wins "like winning the World Series"

Neyer: Another irrelevant essay on baseabll’s irrelevance

Closing Time: A Mariano Rivera retrospective

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.