Another rookie could play a prominent role as well.
Matheny has yet to name a Game 1 starter, but righty Shelby Miller may be an option after winning 15 games this season. Miller didn't get a start in the NLDS, but could be a better choice than Lance Lynn or Joe Kelly.
3. ADAM WAINWRIGHT
The only downside to the Game 5 win over the Pirates was the fact that Wainwright won't be available until the third game. But then again, you'd probably rather have a battle-tested pitcher like Wainwright going on the road in that one rather than anyone else on the staff.
And to boot the Dodgers won't be throwing either Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw in that one either.
But, given how good Wainwright was against the Pirates, Game 3 could be played in Don Mattingly's backyard and the Cards would still be favored.
If Beltran is the best postseason hitter of this generation, well Wainwright is starting to get into the pitching conversation. With the season on the line Wainwright went the distance to beat the Pirates in Game 5. He won both of his NLDS starts and allowed just two runs in 16 innings.
Dating back to his final postseason effort in 2012 (Game 4 of the NLCS), Wainwright has pitched at least seven innings and surrendered no more than one run in each of his past three playoff starts.
Oh and in case you were wondering Wainwright would be on full rest should he be needed for a Game 7 against the Dodgers.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
1. DYNAMIC DUO
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly left himself open to some criticism in that final game with the Braves, as he opted to go back to left-hander Clayton Kershaw on short rest. But, Mattingly's decision wasn't as off the wall as you may think considering he had another Cy Young Award winner waiting in the wings in Zack Greinke.
While Kershaw is probably headed towards another NL Cy Young Award after a remarkable regular season that saw him go 16-9 and lead the major leagues with a minuscule 1.83 ERA and an NL-best 232 strikeouts, Greinke is certainly no slouch.
An AL Cy Young Award winner in 2009, Greinke was 15-4 this season and pitched to a 1.58 ERA over his final 12 regular season starts. He also won 12 of his final 14 decisions and was 7-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his last 10 starts on the road.
The bottom line is Greinke would be a No. 1 starter on most teams.
One thing to watch here is where Mattingly goes for Game 4. It's expected that the rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the Game 3 start, but Mattingly could opt for lefty Chris Capuano in Game 4 given St. Louis' left-handed bats.
2. ANDRE ETHIER'S HEALTH
The Dodgers hit .333 as a team in the NLDS and that lineup could get a boost should outfielder Andre Ethier be ready to go. Ethier has not played the field since Sept. 13 because of a condition similar to shin splints above his left ankle and was relegated to pinch-hitting duty against the Braves.
But, if it isn't broke, then why fix it?
As well as the Dodgers hit in the first round, Ethier's replacement Skip Schumaker, managed just a .231 average, the lowest of any of the Dodgers' starting position player in the NLDS.
Plus, having Ethier's left-handed bat in the middle of the order could be critical, since St. Louis' starting pitchers all are right-handed.
3. YASIEL PUIG
We all wondered whether or not Yasiel Puig's aggressiveness would cost the Dodgers at some point in the postseason.
Well, the exact opposite happened and it took all of one game for the Cuban phenom to make his presence felt. After a second-inning single, Puig went first to third on hard hit single by Juan Uribe, flashing some of that raw talent that helped trigger the Dodgers' turnaround.
Puig had six hits, all singles, in his first 13 at-bats of the playoffs and scored four runs in Games 1 through 3.
Criticized at times for his ill-advised attempts at taking an extra base or missing the cutoff man, Puig has been more disciplined on the base paths and seems more concerned with winning than using every game as a showcase for his talents.