MILWAUKEE -- Not needing to use Zack Greinke in relief for Game 5 of the National League Division Series made things a lot easier for Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Now that Greinke can pitch Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Cardinals on Sunday, the only games Roenicke has to worry about are Games 2 and 4.
"If we would have used [Greinke] last night, we would have had some tough calls on how we run this rotation through the series," Roenicke said. "But the way it is now, it works out well."
Greinke is set for Game 1, and Yovani Gallardo is Milwaukee's probable Game 3 starter. If the series goes the distance, Greinke and Gallardo would pitch Games 5 and 7, respectively. That leaves right-hander Shaun Marcum and lefty Randy Wolf for Games 2, 4 and 6.
Marcum had the best road ERA among qualified starters this season, which could make him a logical choice for Game 4 in St. Louis, but he also was the Brewers' best starter for much of the season, so Roenicke likely would prefer to get two games out of him as well.
Neither Marcum nor Wolf performed well in the NLDS, as they each surrendered seven runs in short outings against the D-backs on the road. But Roenicke said he is unlikely to swap one of them out for lefty Chris Narveson, despite his good numbers against the Cards.
"I still really like these guys," Roenicke said. "I think it's comforting to know that they have pitched well against St. Louis. I think they know that, which should give them confidence.
"They know they get another shot at this, which they really want, because they weren't happy with the way they pitched the other games. So I think they'll both be fine."