The Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals split the first two games of the NLDS… now the first team to win two more will advance to face the winner of the Brewers-Diamonbacks series (the Brewers lead 2-0). All season we’ve talked about the “Four Aces,” and how Cole Hamels is “the best #3 pitcher in baseball.” Tonight, we’ll need him to prove it once again against a determined Cardinals lineup, and a raucous St. Louis crowd.
The Phillies have done everything by the book thus far, leaving little room for second-guessing. They clinched early, rested their stars, and lined-up their starting rotation the way they wanted. On paper, the Phillies should be the favorite for each of the remaining games in this series, but that doesn’t always equal victory. *Since the start of a 4-game set at Citizens Bank Park on September 16th, St. Louis is 10-5 overall, including a 4-2 record against the Phillies (with Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee…and Michael Schwimer all being tagged with a LOSS ).
Before the start of this series I assumed the Cardinals would win one or two games, but it’s the way in which they won Sunday night that is cause for some concern. You can’t give away a 4-0 lead at home in the postseason, it gives the Cardinals more increased confidence and has given them “home field advantage” in what is now a best of three series.
Regardless of the road trip, the blown lead in game 2, or anything else you can think of… I have faith the better team will prevail. My confidence remains high, how about you, Phillies Nation?