SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals' rookie manager, Mike Matheny, employed 122 different starting lineups during the 162-game regular season.
In seven postseason games, Matheny has employed only one.
He fielded the same starting eight for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night: Center fielder Jon Jay leading off, followed by right fielder Carlos Beltran, left fielder Matt Holliday, first baseman Allen Craig, catcher Yadier Molina, third baseman David Freese, second baseman Daniel Descalso and shortstop Pete Kozma ahead of the pitcher's spot.
"We look at everything; we get all the information we can. We go through it," Matheny said. "But when you have something going pretty well, I believe we need to keep riding it. Especially if the guys are feeling good. So, right now is not the time to start making those changes."
Matheny did lament the lack of at-bats in the postseason for his bench players, whose workloads are much easier to manage during a regular season filled with long stretches without days off, and day games after night games.
In the postseason, the aim is different. Matheny just starts his best players every game.
"Right now, fortunately, we have some health on our side where we can put the same guys out there every day," he said.
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