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NLDS Gameday: Cardinals (0-1) at Phillies (1-0)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, October 02, 2011 06:30 PM | Comments: 106
2011 Gameday, Posts, Video

St. Louis Cardinals (0-1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)

Chris Carpenter, RHP (11-9, 3.45) vs. Cliff Lee, LHP (17-8, 2.40)

Time: 8:37, Citizens Bank Park
TV: TBS
Weather: Cloudy, 50
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Update, 8:07 pm: Game times have been announced for the remainder of the series.

  • Game 3: 5:07 pm
  • Game 4: 6:07 pm(or 8:07 if no other Game 4)
  • Game 5: 8:37 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to an early deficit in the first game of the National League Division Series, but one swing of that bat changed everything.  Ryan Howard completely launched Kyle Lohse‘s offering into Citizen Bank Park’s right field second deck.  Howard’s homer sparked the Phillies offense as the game became somewhat of a blowout.  Roy Halladay made one bad pitch to Lance Berkman, but settled in to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals.

In Game 1, it took a few innings before the Phillies offense came to life, but today the Phillies need to come out swinging early.  Two former Cy Young winners are on the mound, making arguably the best pitching matchup of the series.  Because of these two starters, both teams are going to want to get on the board quickly.

When a team’s number two starter has a 2.40 earned run average, things must be pretty good.  That’s exactly the case with the Phillies and Cliff Lee.  Lee will seek to continue his postseason dominance as he is making his eleventh career postseason start.  In the playoffs, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA.  He has been especially good in the Division Series, going 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA.

Chris Carpenter is no stranger to postseason play; he played a big role in the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series run.  In nine postseason starts, Carpenter is 5-2 with a 2.93 ERA.  Carpenter will be pitching on three days rest, something he has never done in his professional career.  Carpenter is a veteran, but with his history of injuries and lack of experience on short rest, it will be interesting to see how he performs.

Ryan Howard had a big night last night, and the Phillies are hoping he can continue his success against his hometown team.  Howard has a .360 average, 16 home runs, and a 1.185 OPS in 45 games against the Cardinals.  Howard is only 2-for-9 in his career against Carpenter, but one of those hits is a home run.  In his career in the postseason, Howard has a .279 average and .915 OPS.  The Big Piece will play a big role in what the Phillies offense does.  Because of his success against the Cardinals, he is expected to shine in this series.

The Cardinals have their own well-established slugger.  Albert Pujols had a “down year,” but batting .299 with 99 RBI is a career year for most players.  Pujols has also had postseason success, hitting .322 with 13 home runs.  Against Cliff Lee, Pujols is only 1-for-8 in his career.

Matt Holliday is once again out of the lineup for St. Louis with a hand injury.

Jimmy Rollins talks to the media prior to Game 2 and I asked him about the fans and what sort of role they play in helping the team:

Lineup:

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Since it is the beginning of October, today’s gameday beer will be Sam Adams Octoberfest.  “Here’s to a lengthy Octoberfest for the Phillies. Gan bei,” Michael Baumann said.

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    Ok guys, we got a game with the Cardinals tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Cardinals!

     
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    The Phillies need to show the Eagles just how it’s done.

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Here we go!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    Carpenter looks like garbage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Looks liek pitching Carpenter on 3 days rest is about as smart as making your offensive line coach the defenive coordinator. WTF
    Ive never been one to change up the routine that got you to that point. Never wanted to pitch guys on short rest.

    New name for the firstbaseman.
    6 RBIs

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    First off. The Gmennnnn. Oh baby

    Eagles suck

    Hey dip syhit. How bout Raul you scuz

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    @Andrew -

    New name for the firstbaseman.
    6 RBIs

    Love it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Dark

    Rollins is looking really solid. Almost has two homers already.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Is this sweet or what?
    Drink up boys!!!!
    Jimmy looks incredible so far, Carpenter looks like garbage
    but, Pence hit a tough pitch – Howard gave that one a launch.
    I did not go to yesterdays game but I watched highlights – the absolute roar when Howard hit that 3 run hr was deafening – wow

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Maybe 6 RBIs was play possum all year.
    everyone knew Phillies would have the best record. So he swings at crap pitches.
    Now you can see the pitchers are trying to continue to get him out with the same crap pitches. And hes not swinging at them. So the pitchers are screwed.
    Being selective now is like a double wammy cause tis not expected.

    This team cant lose when they hit and score runs.

     
  • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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    I realize it’s a jinx to think this but the mind does wander to the Brewers….

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Poly needs to be sent to a retirement village.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    @buffy – I know – it’s kind of hard not to go there…

     
  • Posts: 0 Dark

    Crap.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The guy who used to host dance fever just got a hit?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deney_Terrio

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Go away Buffy with your jinx crap you piece of

     
    • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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      That was a little harsh, don’t you think?

       
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    HOLY $HIT THAT WAS AMAZING!!!

    RAUUUUUUUL!!!!

    CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCHHH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ruiz is decent

    Team MVP every year and can hit .000

    I think he had a negative WAR this year again too. Go figure. He had a negative one the last time they won the world series too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Seriously – I’d like to throw an elbow right in that piece of crap John Jay’s face – actually I’d like to kick him in the teeth. That was dirty play in my book. He threw an elbow right in Chooch’s face.

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Love u Lee but you are no Doc

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Did I just hear Tony LaRusa complain about Carpenter not getting the strike zone that Lee did? Are you kidding me? I am really starting to hate the Cardinals.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ruiz who has been the most important player on a team thats manager is going to the hall of fame. Has a career WAR of 10.5. Piazza who sucked and never won anything and hurt every team he was on had a single season with a 10 WAR LOL

    Yea thats a meaningless stat.

    Ruiz will never get a vote for the hall of fame. And Piazza will go in.
    I am always amazed how some do not understand the sport at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    I think the turning point in the game was Vic’s last at bat. Carpenter was clearly off his game, why swing at first pitch. The strike zone appeared to have shrunk in half for Cliff also. The question. Can the Phillies offense hit the bad Cardinals offense again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yes Larussa and his dutchy boy haircut is crying about the strike zone LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Did alby really complain about that k. Ball caught alot of the plate

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    WOW! That was clearly a BALL! WTF!!!!

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Dirty play on Chooch – he tried to take his head off…

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Terrible call. Tony the only reason u won with As was because they were all on the juice

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    So the dope with the bad hair cries about the strike zone.

    And magicly the Phils start getting bad calls.
    Nice

    Ive never like LaRussa. He thinks too much and costs his team games. Like Carpenter on short rest.
    Charlie would never do that. Hes such a better manager. But its not known. LaRussa is a genius LOL not

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Where is Larussa complaining about the strike zone after Utley’s at bat?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Two scoreless/hitless innings against the Cardinals bullpen is kind of pathetic. Granted one of them should jar been a walk, but come on. Now we have to rely on the Phillies bullpen?

     
    • Posts: 1190 Manny

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      I think Salas is their best bullpen guy, so I’m not that worried about it. He was their closer for most of the season and did an excellent job.

       
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    And another BS call for Molina..

    We need to start arguing. This ump totally bit*hed out after LaRussa talked to him.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Hit this prick!

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    UGH

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    shit

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Come on lee. A 4 run lead you putz

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    At least Salis is gone. I think Lee is out as well.

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    This ump sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Can the Phillies score against one o the worst bullpens in the league? Can the Phillies bullpen hold the cardinals high scoring offense? Honestly, I tend to doubt it. Especially considering they haven’t Had a baserunner in 2.1 innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Salad WAS their best bullpen arm, then choked big time. Dotel is horrible. 13 straight retired? Unreal. I don’t think the Cardinals bullpen has retired 13 straight all season.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I cannot believe Lee is still in there… Worley is warmed up

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    Freaking iPhone with the auto correct. Should be Salas. But not sure why cliff is back out there with already over 100 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Enough already????? Comon Cholly let us have a chance

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Game over. Vic u suck and lee go back to texas

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Charlie – Come on, time to get him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Trevor McFur

    He didn’t put in Worley because the pitcher’s spot comes up in the bottom of the inning … bad, bad, move, Lee clearly doesn’t have it tonight, and up over 100 pitches. Fuuuucccckkkkk…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr of CO

    We were just talking about Cholly not making stupid decisions? Thi was stupid. Way to go Cholly. Congratulations. Going to St Louis tied 1-1. Cholly need to stop watching the Eagles. How can the Phillies not even get a hit against the Cardinals bullpen?

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Just like the eagles. The cards are a better offense.

     
 
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