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10/08/09 3:23 AM ET

Short turnaround awaits NLDS foes

Cards could wind up in 0-2 hole in rapid succession

LOS ANGELES -- It seems to happen every postseason, a product of the vagaries of playoff scheduling.

You play 162 games and for 181 days -- that's 4,344 hours -- and within the span of 24 more hours could find yourself in an 0-2 hole in a five-game Division Series.

That is the National League Division Series predicament that will be facing the St. Louis Cardinals, who have precious little time to mull over their 5-3 upset in Wednesday's Game 1 before Thursday's Game 2 rolls around.

Game 2's first pitch will be delivered at 3:07 p.m. PT -- or 15 1/2 hours after the last out of Wednesday's 6:37 p.m. start.

"We'll come ready to play," right fielder Ryan Ludwick said. "Everybody will be ready, after the guys get their sleep."

Not too much of it, though.

The Dodgers won't be getting any more, obviously. But, opined their manager, they need less.

"From my past experience," Joe Torre said. "when you win a game you aren't near as tired. But, at this time of the year, tired doesn't enter into the equation for either club.

"The turnaround is something you sort of have to be ready for [in the postseason], because day to day it's going to change."

The Cardinals knocked out one Los Angeles left-hander (Randy Wolf) in 3 2/3 innings and are ready to take on another, Clayton Kershaw.

So they certainly aren't about to be intimidated by an early start.

"You get used to it," Ludwick said of quick turnarounds. "We run into it all year. We've even had a couple of 12:30 games [following night games]. That's baseball.

"The beauty of this thing is, it's five games, so we're going to come out tomorrow and keep battling."

Asked whether a quick turnaround can benefit a team dealing with a tough, unexpected loss, Cards second baseman Skip Schumaker said, "I hope so. We'll see how it turns out."

"I know one thing," Schumaker added. "We've got [Adam] Wainwright going, and that's always a plus."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel.T This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.