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NLDS Gameday: Phillies (2-1) vs. Cardinals (1-2)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 05, 2011 05:35 PM | Comments: 61
2011 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (2-1) at St. Louis Cardinals (1-2)

Roy Oswalt, RHP vs. Edwin Jackson, RHP

Time: 6:07 p.m., Busch Stadium
TV: TBS
Weather: Sunny, 65
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Roy Oswalt wanted to go to St. Louis at last seasons trad deadline. Now he wants to beat them. He can help catapult the Phillies into the NLCS for a fourth consecutive season, and he seems primed to do so.

To beat the Cardinals, however, they’ll have to get through Matt Holliday and gang. He’s back in the lineup after pinch hitting last night. Charlie Manuel raved about the big bat of Holliday. “He is one of the top hitters in our league. And of course he gives them a bigger threat. He’s consistent in his hitting, and he’s got power.”

He certainly does add that powerful element to the Cardinals order – which doesn’t bode well for the Phillies because the Cards have been putting hits up on the board. They just haven’t been able to cash in. They’re hoping Holliday can do so.

If Oswalt were to falter, or even if that doesn’t happen, Manuel very well could use Cliff Lee in relief tonight. Manuel said he is available. Can you imagine Oswalt going seven strong, followed by one (or even two innings) from Lee to close it out? They might need him because of the five-out save Ryan Madson put together on Tuesday night. I have a strong feeling from what Manuel has said that we WILL see Cliff tonight.

The offense really has to bust out. Thanks to Ben Francisco, they were able to skate by last night, however, they certainly struggled against lefty Jaime Garcia. Tonight, they get Edwin Jackson, who is a bit of a journeyman pitcher. He is definitely a guy the Phillies can handle, and I expect they will. This team is hungry, loose, and ready to go back to the NLCS.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Ruiz C, Oswalt P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Yards Brawler

Get ready for a brawl tonight. Yards Brawler will help set the mood for what should be a hell of a Game 4 fight between the Phillies and Cardinals. Brawler is one of the finest beers Yards has to offer, go grab yourself a case or a a variety pack available all over the Delaware Valley. Get on board now, Yards is one of the best microbrews around. -By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    Roy #2 has looked great his last 2 starts hitting 95 on the gun….Hope he finishes this today!!!

     
  • 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: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    LOL great start so far! Glad the bats have woken up tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I know you guys kill me but are you getting tired of Ryan striking out. Just awful to watch

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    Yea, I don’t know why Howard watched that pitch that was high and outside. No idea why he thought that would be a strike.

    Amazing job by the umpires to blow two calls on one play.

     
  • Posts: 2 Mark H

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    Don’t worry. He blasted them the 1st 2 games. He will find his swing again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Are u kidding me victorino. What a joke

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    All you need to know about the guy working the plate tonight.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81ngel_Hern%C3%A1ndez_(umpire)

     
  • Posts: 2 Mark H

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    nice resume!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Steal

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Can we stop bringing up the umps. Both teams play the game. If u score runs we will be fine. We seem to get w couple then nothing.

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    Good job by Dick Stockton of pointing out that Hunter Pence is a former teammate of Roy Oswalt. Well, he is a current teammate as well. But that is beside the point.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    God Howard sucks. Yes he can hit a mistake pitch. I guess the ump got him out in a ball in the dirt. If he makes 25 million a year Albert should earn 50. Jackson stinks. My god

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    They should trade Howard for Travis Lee.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryan H

      i think Rico Brogna is available as well

       
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    return of the evil squirrels in st. louis!!!! it’s a conspiracy. somebody out there is releasing squirrels when the phillies are pitching.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Revenge of the Squirrel!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    What the he’ll is utley doing. Man on second. One out. Howard with a k again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    chase getting over aggressive but I like it. not a huge deal . risk reward was worth it to me. you woulda had chase at second with one out instead of pence at first with one out. not a huge difference. great play by pujols.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Wrong bad Play. U want that man on second. Typical phillies score early and dont score again. Howard is ueless since game one.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    aw crap.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    I guess the Phils are going to have to win this round at home with Halladay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    One good inning per game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    crap

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Please do not resign this piece of trash. Freese give me a break.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    man. mr freeze is having himself a night. that wasn’t a bad pitch. quick hands inside there. we need some runs boys! still somehow feeling confident we can win this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim L

    Red Birds won’t go away. This has been them the entire past 6 weeks.
    Fightin’s have to beat them, but not with at bats like that Raul.

     
  • Posts: 0 Rob

    Sad part of all this is that the hibernating offense is going to get a free pass and oswalt will take the blame from the fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Maybe the old man could of put Mayberry up there instead of Raul. Manage Charlie.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Even if by some miracle they win it all this year, Amaro has got to break up this offense. It’s painful.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim L

    Offense and timely hitting (lack of) have been the topic all year. No reason to think the playoffs would be any different. But losing to Edwin Jackson?
    Still have 6 outs to make a statement.

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    we have a cleanup batter mr KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK howard batting below the mendoza line. This Phillies team is choking big time. No quality at bats.

    How many runs do u think we will give Halladay on Fri night. We were loose in the top of the first and then our anemic offense took over. This team has the 4 aces but we will lose IMHO to the Cards and that drunk La Russa.

     
  • Posts: 0 arclight

    our pitchers have been beaten our batters have been beaten our bull pen has been beaten, and we’ve been out coached the whole series execpt game 1. why is it we have the 4 aces but in crunch time our pitchers always get beaten? why do philly teams always choke with best team, this is the same F##cking script as when the giants beat us. the same f%%cking script.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Oh, good grief, how many times does Charlie have to tell you to run out the play…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim L

    Stay off the bridges folks

     
  • Posts: 0 arclight

    is ryan howard playing on the team or is he just a f%%cking fan?

     
  • Posts: 0 arclight

    are the phillies capable of hitting a grounder or a line drive?

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    sit down howard you suck

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I have been saying it along the big planet sucks. What a waste. I guess the ump is the reason why. Putz

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    ryan howard is always in an 0-2 hole every time he bats and he cannot lay off pitches If I were any team I would love to face him in a clutch situation with a lefty on the mound, HE IS WORTHLESS

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    So much for Howard’s numbers in St. Louis. What an albatross.

     
  • Posts: 0 odis

    Ryan Howard – a 25 million dollar dope. Get someone in there who can handle the pressure.

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    It’s a shame tonight. They gave up after 1 inning, when they had a lead. I just don’t get it.

     
  • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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    Howard can handle the pressure. He strikes out in the regular season a lot too. It’s not like he changes for the playoffs. He never chokes up or adjusts his swing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillisjoe

    Let’s go Phills finish them off

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillisjoe

    This umpire Crew is hideous

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    just like i predicted before the series, we’ll win this in 5. no doubt in my mind. Halladay will crush the redbirds and we’ll light up carpenter. It won’t even be a close game. guys never pitch well their first start after a three day rest start. we got this. easily

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Halladay is gonna have to throw a shutout,

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    bleh

     
 
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