NLDS: Phillies vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals haven’t announced anything, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports this is how the Cardinals’ rotation sets up for the NLDS:

  • Game 1 at 5:07 p.m. Saturday: Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA)
  • Game 2 at 8:07 p.m. Sunday: Edwin Jackson (5-2, 3.58 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA)
  • Game 3 at TBA Tuesday: Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45 ERA)
  • Game 4 at TBA Wednesday (if necessary): Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69 ERA) vs. Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.56 ERA)
  • Game 5 at TBA Friday (if necessary): TBA vs. Halladay

You’ve got to like the pitching matchups in the first two games for the Phillies. Halladay and Lee have been two of the best pitchers in the National League this year. Unless they were facing Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander they would be favored. Not that the Cardinals don’t pose challenges. Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four September starts, and has a better ERA on the road (3.13) than at home (3.67) this season. He also is 1-1 with a 1.76 ERA in two starts against the Phillies. Jackson was 3-0 with a 3.02 ERA in his last seven starts, and he allowed more than two earned runs in only one of them. But since he joined the Cardinals in July, Jackson has a higher ERA on the road (4.40) than at home (3.10).

Of course, as Charlie Manuel would say, “You got to hit, son.”

 

4 Comments

Don’t understand LaRussa’s thinking in saving Garcia for game 4. But, I guess he’s smarter than everybody else. Just ask him..

If the Cards can steal one in Philly, having Carpenter/Garcia in St. Louis is going to be scary.

Very high risk to think they can steal one against Halladay and Lee with Lohse and Edwin Jackson. If they do, I guess Tony can live in the glow of the assembled media for another week.

Yes, it’s high risk, but it’s all high risk against the Phils right now. As much as I hate to admit it, I think LaRussa’s thinking is sound. They hope to steal one against Doc or Lee and take the series home with their best pitchers. He wouldn’t be doing this if he had Carpenter available for game 1, so this is his next best option.
But don’t get me started on his riduculous idea of hitting the pitcher 8th.

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