Q: With this series being so special, would you be in favor of having a seven-game series for all playoff rounds?
A: Doesn't make any difference. We have five right now. That's how we're going to have to play it.
Q: With all the talk about clutch hitting, is there such a thing as clutch pitching?
A: It is something that we talk about. Everything in this game seems to be contagious. ... For me, everything starts off the mound. ... Gerrit Cole, has done nothing but get better throughout the season. He's been as good as anybody we've been able to run out there the last six weeks.
Q: In a small sample size, Adam Wainwright has had more difficulty in a second start of a playoff series. Will that be a factor?
A: He's going to throw some balls over the plate -- some are going to be fastballs, some are going to be curveballs. We're going to have to hit them, respectively, where they're pitched and make some things happen when we do get on base.
First Published October 8, 2013 8:00 PM