St. Louis Cardinals (83-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-53)
Kyle Lohse (13-8, 3.62) vs Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34)
A day after clinching the National League East, the Phillies weren’t able to do much against the Cardinals. Monday night is the fourth and final game of the series, and hopefully the Phillies have recovered from their “hangover” so they can focus on finishing the season on a strong note.
Roy Halladay, a favorite for the National League Cy Young, is going for win number 19. Halladay is coming off his first complete game shutout of the season. Halladay became the first pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1979-1980 to have back-to-back seasons with 18 wins or more.
The Cardinals are still fighting for a playoff spot, and they will send out Kyle Lohse to pitch. The former Phillie is having himself a decent season, and could be a candidate for the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Over the last five years, Lohse is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 31 strikeouts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are two wins away from triple digits, and are closing in on the franchise record for most wins in a season (101 wins in 1976 and 1977). A win today would get them a step closer to breaking that franchise mark. A win would also decrease the magic number for home field advantage, which stands at two over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Gload 1B, Ruiz C, Halladay P
Your gameday beer:Hooray for Witbiers! This is St. Bernardus Witbier, from one of my favorite breweries in the world. Crisp and slightly citrusy, it tastes heavier than you’d think. Enjoy this with some barbecue wings. – By Tim