Oct
04

NLDS Game Thread: Phillies @ Cardinals

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The Cardinals stole Game Two thanks to some stellar bullpen work, and now they’ll look to take the series lead behind Jamie Garcia. Philadelphia’s co-co-ace gets the ball for the Fightin’s. Game starts at 5:07pm ET and can be seen on TBS. Talk about it here if you want.

  • Tiny Tim

    Good clubs win swing games. I expect Philly to win and win convincingly. Cliff Lee continued his playoff woes against every team except the Yankees but he won’t be starting again this series.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Cliff Lee continued his playoff woes against every team except the Yankees

      Except he owned the Rays twice last year, the Dodgers in 09, and the Rockies in 09 too…

      • tom

        This guy’s been spreading that misinformation through two threads now. Facts don’t interest him; he’s got his narrtaive and he’s sticking to it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Phuck Philly.

  • Graig not Craig

    FOX deserves a Brewers-Rangers World Series.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      The ppl who hate big market teams would be happy.

      • Gonzo

        But they wouldn’t watch.

        • LiterallyFigurative

          LOL +1. The small market, purist WS would have worse ratings than an MLS Cup final.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Lol exactly.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/czm93 Craig

    Great ABs for these Cardinals early on. Make Hamels work and get to their overrated pen.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’m pretty nervous too, since it’s do or die, but I’ll take a nap shortly and wake up right before the action starts. Idk, it seems to help with me.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Reply fail, I meant to reply Super Cereal’s comment.

  • Super Cereal

    Guys, I’m super freaking about this Yanks game tonight… talk me off a ledge, please.

    Oh, also: STL-MIL NLCS — lowest rated ever?

    • Gonzo

      Be cool. Everything gonna be irie.

      Sweat Game 5.

    • Max R.

      In only 5 of A.J.’s 32 starts this year has he allowed more than four runs making 84.38% 4 runs or less.

      22 were 3 runs or less.

      In only 3 of his 32 starts did he go less than 5 innings.

      In his 2 starts against the Tigers this year he allowed 5 runs in 12 innings which is a 3.75 ERA

      Lefties Hit .321/.368/.488 against Porcello. Grandy and Cano should have fun.

      Porcello also allowed a .302/.350/.470 batting line at Comerica.

      Once men get on against Porcello, it usually steamrolls as he allowed .307/.356/.450 line with men on.

      With RISP and 2 outs, Porcello allowed a .326/.376/.500 line.

      In contrast, A.J. allowed a .205/.347/.434 line with 2 outs & RISP and a .247/.330/.468 line with men on.

      A.J. did his best work in high leverage situations. Batters had a .232/.309/.416 line in those instances.

      On the other hand, Porcello completely implodes allowing .309/.357/.431 line in high leverage situations.

      I truly believe the Yankees have a great shot at this game and I hope I talked you off the ledge,

      • Super Cereal

        Wow. You did it! Can I hire you during future Octobers?

        • Max R.

          Anytime.

          I always try to stay positive.

      • DF

        *golf clap*

  • Grit for Brains

    Can we get some spillover threads tonight? Loading that thing was realll difficult last night

    • Super Cereal

      Seconded.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    The season is ovah, brothas. The Yankees need to sign Edwin Jackson and call up DJ Mitchell next season

    • Greg

      In the words of Tommy Lee Jones from “The Fugitive”

      I DON’T CARE!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      You better not watch the game then since the season is over.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        Why you following up my comment with the word “fugitive”? Despicable

        • Tyrone Sharpton

          Just lightning the mood hear…I still hope NY pulls this out. AJ gunna come up big tonight, but we still screwed

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            How are you lightening the mood when you come on a Yankee blog and say the season is over before the game has even been played? Please.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Edwin Jackson? Really?

      To me, unless the FA or trade possibility is of top caliber, the Yanks would be better served going the scrap heap/young farmhand route. The long contract for ok talent strategy doesn’t work.

      Edwin Jackson is not much better than AJ.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    OT: the attendance for the Rays games was 32,828 (yesterday) and 28,299 (today) with a capacity of 34,078. Good thing that they “believe”…

  • Rainbow Connection

    This game will be over by 7pm. WTF. haha. Did it really start at 5:37????

  • Rainbow Connection

    Why did those fans try to grab the squirrel? What would they have done if they caught it?

  • Dela G

    unbelievable the strikes hamels got in this john jay at bat

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Funny how Brenly is questioning the Home plate umps strike zone, but you couldn’t get this same valauable analysis last night in Detroit when Verlander is throwing the ball in the other batters box for strike 3.

    • Greg

      Does it matter? The game is over.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        In the grand scheme of things, no it’s not important. But it speaks to critical thinking of the analysts and how it affects the play on the field.

        • LiterallyFigurative

          * how the umpires calls affects the play on the field.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Would football fans put up with their officials blatantly altering the definition of what constitutes a first down, or a catch near the sidelines, especially when you can easily see it on tv and have the technology for the officials to see AND change the call to the correct call?

    No.

    So why do we baseball fans sit here and let Bud Selig send out a bunch of interpreters of the strike zone? If the strike zone is letters to knees, black to black, then you can’t let pitches in the other batters box be called strikes, or pitches off the plate be called strikes.Especially when you have pitchfx and other systems that can tell you instantly whether the pitch is good or not.

  • Greg

    Bad move by the Cards. They were going to pinch hit for Hamels anyway.

  • Greg

    Pinch hit 3 run homer by Ben Francisco Phils 3-0

  • Greg

    Why walk the eighth hitter if you already knew that they would bring in a pinch hitter. Hamels was at 117 pitches. Bad move by LaRussa.

    • ArchStanton

      The smartest man in the room outsmarted himself in that inning. Should’ve hit for Garcia, and he thought he was clever by forcing Hamels out. If anything, I’d want Hamels back out with that high pitch count.

      • Greg

        Bingo. Force Manuel to burn a pitcher for one inning or face that reliever leading off the next inning.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Eventually, Philly was going to break through….

  • Bill

    I think people don’t give the Phillies offense enough credit. I’ve heard people say that they “can’t hit a lick” and other things like that, which is simply not true. They’re not the best offense in baseball, but they’re definitely above average.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      They are clutch.

  • ArchStanton

    Terrible at bat by Berkman- is he hitting better from the right side this year or is he still awful?

    • David N

      .277 average from the right side this year, 4 HRs. Not as good as from the left side (.307, 27 HRs), but still very respectable.

  • Greg

    Cards have the bases loaded with one out against Lidge in the eigth.

    Allen Craig and Albert Pujols in order to bat

  • You Know, Suzyn…

    Charlie “Goober” Manuel going through relievers like a fiend.

  • Greg

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH

    Craig grounds into a DP ahead of Pujols and the Phillies escape

    • Nogomo

      Jesus no DP at all costs there, man. You just gotta knock one in there. Lame-o-rooni.

      • Greg

        You dont even have to knock one in. A strikeout wouldnt have been bad because Pujols would have gotten to the plate. The DP was the one bad thing that could happen and it happened.

        • Nogomo

          Man, I hear you. When I saw Pujols was on deck… Jeez, I just wanna see Philly get knocked out of the playoffs!

  • Nogomo

    Jesus they didn’t score. That is freakin sad.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Schumaker caught that ball.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Uh, shouldn’t there be three out, he threw to first. Awful all the way around. Should be three outs. Moot point, pitcher struck out, but still my point stands.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Montero Sr. gets a double to start the bottom of the 9th….

  • tom

    The just-not-quite-enough 9th inning rally has become a running feature of this post-season.