Kyle Lohse vs. Roy Halladay
NOTE: Game 2 has been pushed from 8:07 pm to 8:37 pm due to the Yankees/Tigers series that was affected by rain.
Welcome to the postseason. Last year, right around the same time, Roy Halladay was busy dicing up another NL Central foe for the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history. While it’s highly unlikely he can reproduce such a historic feat, Halladay will absolutely be at the top of his game when Game 1 between the Phillies and Cardinals gets going.
Kyle Lohse pitches for St. Louis – no one really had any idea what the rotation would look like up until yesterday, even Lohse himself. In 10 career starts against the Phillies, Lohse has a mixed bag. He’s 3-4 in 10 starts with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. In 60.1 innings, he’s given up 60 hits. So it comes down to, can the Phillies hit with runners in scoring position, because Lohse will give up his fair share of them, especially against the Phillies.
Halladay against the Cards; only 4 starts and a 2-1 record. Earlier this year he tossed six innings, giving up one run on just four hits. He left with a no-decision but the Phillies won, 10-2.
With Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal both out – Holliday with a hand strain, Furcal with a hamstring strain – the potent Cardinals offense will take a major hit. But that doesn’t mean sleep on them. Pujols and Berkman are obviously firing on all cylinders. Allen Craig, who will fill in for Holliday, has been quite the replacement. Halladay will have his hands full, but I wouldn’t worry about him.
Let’s worry about what this offense will do against Kyle Lohse. A couple of weeks ago, Lohse pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up just one run (not earned). In June he was the hard luck loser, pitching eight innings, allowing three runs. The odd part – he did not strike out a batter and allowed 16 fly ball outs. If the Phillies find themselves staring a repeat performance from Lohse, expect them to knock in some runs.
It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, playoff baseball. Enjoy, Nation!
Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Ruiz C, Halladay P
Your Gameday Beer – Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Had this for the first time after picking up a random six pack before dinner. Strong, but so very tasty and not overbearing at all. Some porters have the coffee/cigarettes aftertaste, but not this. A guy at the sixpack store was giving out free samples of Great Lakes (a beer I’d tried maybe once before) and I was instantly sold, especially on this brew. Really dark brown, teetering on black with a taste of chocolate and a bit of coffee. A real thick foamy head that subsides after a few minutes. If all of those ingredients are your cup of tea (or beer) then get on this. -Pat Gallen