Kyle Lohse to start opener for Cards

Updated: September 30, 2011, 3:07 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse was set to start a one-game playoff on Thursday had the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves tied for the National League wild card.

Instaed, he'll start in the Division Series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lohse (14-8, 3.39 ERA) endured alterations to the Cardinals' rotation that had him starting on long rest a handful of times after the All-Star break, and was at his best in the final month, going 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA.

He was 1-1 with a 1.76 ERA in two starts against the Phillies.

Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45) was 4-1 in September with two shutouts, including a two-hitter at Houston Wednesday night that clinched at least a tie for the wild card, and could go on three days' rest in Game 2 Sunday.

The right-hander worked eight shutout innings at Philadelphia on Sept. 18 and totaled 40 innings in five starts the last month, finishing among the league leaders in innings.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.