Skip to main content

NLDS Games 1 & 2 Preview: Cardinals at Phillies


For the very first time, two of the original 16 MLB teams will meet in the postseason, as the wild card entrant St. Louis Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to meet the five-time defending National League East division champion Phillies.

The Cardinals squeezed into the playoffs thanks, in part, to some help from the Phillies, as Philadelphia swept the wild card leading Braves in their final regular season series. St. Louis then won two of three games against Houston to knock Atlanta from its perch.

In the series opener, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa will send veteran hurler and former Phillie Kyle Lohse to the mound, while the Phillies' Charlie Manuel will go with ace and perennial Cy Young award contender Roy Halladay.

Read ahead for detailed info on the pitching match ups for games 1 and 2 as well as other key stats.

Saturday, 5:07 PM. Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA). In 16 road starts this season, Lohse posted an 8-3 record with a 3.13 ERA. Lohse has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.60 ERA in 11 career games at Citizens Bank Park, including the postseason. In 6 career postseason games (1 start), Lohse is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA and has struck out 15 batters in in 13 1/3 innings. Ryan Howard is 8-for-16 (.500 avg) with 2 HR in his career against the right-handed Lohse. In 4 career starts against St. Louis, Roy Halladay has a 2-1 record with a with a 2.10 ERA and a .200 batting average against. Halladay posted an 8-3 record with a 2.48 ERA in 15 home starts this season. In his last 5 starts, Halladay is 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA and a .216 batting average against. Albert Pujols is 2-for-11 (.182 avg) in his career against Halladay.

Sunday, 8:07 PM. Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA). In his last 5 starts, Carpenter is 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA. Carpenter is 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 11 career starts against the Phillies. Carpenter posted a 2.98 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star break. Chase Utley is 7-for-15 (.467 avg) in his career against Carpenter. In 18 home starts this season, Lee posted an 11-3 record with a 1.94 ERA. In 4 career regular season games against the Cardinals, Lee has a 3-1 record with a 1.48 ERA. Lee posted an 8-2 record with a 1.79 ERA in 13 games since the All-Star break. As a Phillie in the postseason, Lee is 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 5 starts.


Yadier Molina posted a .337 batting average in 58 games since the All-Star break. Molina's OPS was 143 points higher in 2011 than it was in 2010.

In 26 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Albert Pujols has a .340 batting average with 10 homeruns and 24 RBI. The three-time National League MVP is a .322 hitter in 56 postseason games.

Five-time All-Star Lance Berkman has a .320 average with 7 homeruns and 30 RBI in 34 career postseason games. Berkman is a .313 hitter in 73 games against the Phillies. Berkman posted a .194 average in 43 day games this season.

In 41 career postseason games, Chase Utley is a .243 hitter with 10 homeruns and 24 RBI. Utley posted and .245 batting average in 62 games since the All-Star break.

Ryan Howard has a .360 batting average with 16 homeruns and 50 RBI in 45 career regular season games against St. Louis. Howard is the Phillies' all-time postseason leader in hits with 42.

Ryan Madson has a 2-1 record with 1 save and a 2.35 ERA in 29 career games in the postseason. Madson is tops among the Phils' all-time leaders in postseason games pitched.

Cardinals team batting average- .273
Phillies team batting average- .253

Cardinals team ERA- 3.74
Phillies team ERA- 3.02

_________________________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'

Catching prospect O'Hoppe tabbed to join Phillies

Logan O'Hoppe, image- Jay Floyd Please consider supporting my work and via my Patreon page .  For a small monthly fee, your patronage will get you exclusive interviews and other prospect related material as well as early access to all of my other content such as this feature.  Thank you.   On Friday, the Phillies added a pair of catchers to their 2020 player pool.  Minor leaguers Logan O'Hoppe (pronounced Oh-HOP-ee) and Henri Lartigue arrived in Philadelphia to help catch bullpen sessions for the team's collection of approximately 30 pitchers. The call to O'Hoppe was extremely welcome as the 20-year-old had been staying as active as he possibly could, working out with other players that have been been waiting out quarantine due to the current pandemic at his home on Long Island.  However, he had been very eager to step back onto an actual baseball field. "I just hope I can play soon.  Where ever that is or whatever form that is, that'd be awesom