ST. LOUIS, OCT. 5 -- On the eve of the National League Championship Series, the baseball Cardinals weren't around, and though the football Cardinals were, few cared.

So the San Francisco Giants had Busch Stadium to themselves today, completing a light workout before Game 1 Tuesday night (broadcast time 8 p.m.), facing the media and announcing their starting lineup against St. Louis' Danny Cox (11-9, 3.09 ERA).

Rick Reuschel (13-9, 3.09 ERA) will start for San Francisco.

For what it's worth, the Giants won the season series, 7-5. The clubs split six games in St. Louis and San Francisco went 4-2 at Candlestick Park.

The Giants will begin the NLCS with center fielder Chili Davis (24 home runs, 76 runs batted in) and left fielder Jeffrey Leonard (19 homers, 63 RBI) on the bench in favor of Mike Aldrete (nine homers, 51 RBI) and Eddie Milner (four homers, 19 RBI), respectively.

Giants Manager Roger Craig said he wanted Aldrete's and Milner's left-handed bats in the lineup against Cox, a right-hander.

"Aldrete has been playing like heck and Milner is our best defensive outfielder," Craig said. "I know there are going to be some guys disappointed about not getting in there tomorrow."

Craig said all four outfielders will see action along with right fielder Candy Maldonado.

"They're all going to play. You can't please them all. And I hope you guys don't make a big deal about it," he told reporters. "We started playing good when we started {platooning}."

"I was kind of hoping I'd start," said Aldrete, who hit .325, getting his 51 RBI in 117 games for the Giants. "It doesn't surprise me one way or the other. My job is to read the lineup card. If my name's on it, I play."

Leonard was brief with the press, saying, "What do you want to know? I'm {angry}. That's it. See you later."

Reuschel, whose 12 complete games and four shutouts were second-bests in the National League this season, has given up 16 runs and 18 hits in his last three appearances, including seven runs and eight hits in five innings in his final start of the regular season. But Reuschel said his arm was fine, and Craig was not worried.

"He's not a strikeout pitcher," Craig said. "He makes them hit the ball and sometimes they hit the ball for base hits. But I think if I had one pitcher in the league to go out and start the playoffs, I think I'm like a lot of other managers. I'd go with Rick Reuschel."

Said Reuschel, "I was still doing things the same. It was just that they were hitting my pitches. Don't forget there are pretty good hitters in this league."

The Cardinals hope to get their running game going against the Giants. Their speed on the bases is even more important with slugger Jack Clark (35 homers, 106 RBI) still sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

Giants catchers Bob Brenly and Bob Melvin have the primary responsibility of keeping the Cardinals "jack rabbits," as Brenly called them, off the bases. Vince Coleman's 109 stolen bases dwarfs anyone else's major league total, and Ozzie Smith added 43. And Coleman and Smith love to pull off the double-steal.

"We've always had good success this season in throwing out runners," Brenly said. "It's not just a catcher's responsibility. It's everyone's. The pitchers and our infielders have to do their jobs, too."

Without Clark, the Cardinals will have to eke out runs as they did in the pennant-clinching series against Montreal last week. Clark pinch-hit twice in the final weekend series against the Mets, but isn't expected to play before Game 6 of the NLCS. Nonetheless, he was named to the Cardinals' 24-man playoff roster.

"Hopefully, something will happen so I can play," Clark said after the Cardinals clinched, "and if not, maybe I'll be ready for the World Series. I'm just taking it day to day."

St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog elected to go with only eight pitchers on his postseason roster, leaving Bill Dawley, Lee Tunnell and Steve Peters off the squad.

"I'd rather go with nine," he said, "but in this series we're going to need a lot of pinch running and pinch hitters with all of our injuries."

Cox will have to handle a Giants lineup that hit 205 homers (second in the National League) and gets power from the sextet of third baseman Kevin Mitchell, first baseman Will Clark (a team-leading 35 homers), Leonard (19 homers), Davis (24), Maldonado (20) and Brenly (18).

Though Cox (two appearances against the Giants in 1987) and second-game starter John Tudor (no 1987 appearances against San Francisco) are not familiar faces to the Giants, Mitchell said the Cardinals pitchers may have more to fear than Giants hitters.

"{Cox is} a regular pitcher," Mitchell said. "Fastball, slider. I don't think I'll have any problems with {Tudor}. Not to take anything away from Cox, but we haven't had too much trouble against right-handed pitching."