ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carpets were still drying out from a champagne bath and a few players looked bleary eyed after a workout at Busch Stadium. A day after advancing, there wasn't much time to rest for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers don't have home-field advantage in the NL championship series, but they got a few extra days to savor early postseason success.
No telling which side will benefit, the team on a roll or the team coming off a break, entering Game 1 Friday night. Joe Kelly, who flourished as a replacement starter with St. Louis, opposes Zack Greinke in the opener.
The staff aces won't go until later in the best-of-seven series, with the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw set for Game 2 and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright ready for Game 3.
The Cardinals will again be without cleanup man Allen Craig, who was out of town Thursday seeing a specialist for his foot injury.