PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers briefly considered delaying Zack Greinke's next start so it would fall in next week's National League Central showdown with the Cardinals, but they are now leaning against it.
Greinke and left-hander Chris Narveson each started a game in Monday's doubleheader, leaving one lined up to pitch next on Sunday against the Cubs on one extra day of rest, and the other later in the week. The Brewers are off on Monday before facing the second-place Cardinals from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Manager Ron Roenicke hinted that he has a plan of where to slot Narveson. The left-hander could use the extra time, anyway, since he exited his Monday start after catching the nail on his left middle finger while throwing a fastball. The issue is not expected to affect his next start.
Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz sought input from Greinke, who preferred to remain closer to regular rest.
"It's not 100 percent, but [Greinke] doesn't really want to go eight days before pitching," Roenicke said.
The Cardinals series is important because they are the only team within 10 games of the Brewers in the NL Central. But Roenicke has been espousing an "every game is important" philosophy as the Brewers seek their first division title since 1982, and he believes teams sometimes spend too much time worrying about matching certain starters to certain series.
"I think every time we try to do something -- and not just this year -- every time we put too much into mathcups, they don't work well," Roenicke said. "If you do that, you screw up everybody else."