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Worth noting

• Matheny said Tuesday that Lance Lynn will be available out of the bullpen for Game 5. The right-hander started Game 2 on Friday and could pitch on regular rest Wednesday.

• After making headlines as a surprise NL MVP Award candidate in the regular season, Matt Carpenter's hot bat has cooled in October. Carpenter is 1-for-15 with a walk and six strikeouts through four games, but Matheny believes it's just a matter of time before his All-Star second baseman finds his rhythm.

"What he's guilty of is caring too much and feeling like he's got to do something extra special, and that's a trap that many young players can fall into," Matheny said of the 27-year-old Carpenter. "He still is a young player, even though he's been such an incredible story this year, such a catalyst for our offense. But it doesn't all rest on his shoulders.

"... He's close, and it would be a good time tomorrow for him to start trusting himself."

• Left-hander Sam Freeman threw in the bullpen during Tuesday's optional workout. Though he was left off the active roster for the NLDS, he is continuing with his regular routine should he be needed if the Cardinals advance.

• Since the Dodgers-Braves NLDS concluded Monday, the start time for Game 5 of the Cards-Pirates series has been pushed back from 4 p.m. CT to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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