He's a lot more than heart, but Woody Williams' biggest asset is his gamer approach. Put in the Game 1 slot with Chris Carpenter on the shelf in part because he's finished the season strong, Williams will have to be on with his offspeed pitches to give the Cards the early edge.
After making 32 starts, Jason Marquis was looking at a possible bullpen assignment if Carpenter were healthy for the NLDS. In Game 2, he'll be pitching in Busch Stadium, site of nine of his 15 wins. He won 11 consecutive decisions earlier this year but dropped three of his last four.
Pitches: Sinker, changeup, curve Speed: Mid-80s to mid-90s mph
Matt Morris RHP
Matt Morris has battled inconsistency but continues to show big-game stuff. Case in point: After a two-hit shutout at Dodger Stadium in September, he came back for a two-inning blowout of seven runs at San Diego. The one that counts now, of course, is the one where Game 3 will be played.
After reaching the 30-start mark for the sixth straight season, Jeff Suppan will be making his postseason debut in Game 4. Suppan was 10-0 on the road until being beaten by the Astros in his final 2004 outing, so the road start fits. The Cards were 9-1 in his July/August starts, but 3-3 in September.
More often than not this season, Odalis Perez pitched well enough to win but left empty handed. Perez set a franchise record with 17 no-decisions, allowing three runs or fewer in 25 of his 31 starts. Battling a cranky shoulder, Perez in the Game 1 slot keeps everybody on regular rest.
Pitches: Fastball, changeup, curver Speed: Low 80s to low 90s
Jeff Weaver RHP
Though he struggled a bit in September, Jeff Weaver put together 25 quality starts this year, fewer than only Cy Young frontrunners Randy Johnson and Johan Santana. His postseason experiences haven't been sparkling, but Weaver has been a different pitcher this season. He's clearly enjoying the transition to pitching at home in Southern California.
Pitches: Four-seam and two-seam fastball, slider Speed: Mid-80s to mid-90s
Jose Lima RHP
The playful heart and soul of the Dodgers, Jose Lima is a cheerleader, a carefree veteran and, most important, a pitcher his team wants on the mound in a big game. Not bad for a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Lima's biggest challenge is to channel that incredible cache of enthusiasm into good pitching.
Pitches: Fastball, change, curve Speed: Mid-70s to 90 mph
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