NLDS Game Thread: Phillies @ Cardinals


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.


  1. Tiny Tim says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  2. Graig not Craig says:

    FOX deserves a Brewers-Rangers World Series.

  3. Craig says:

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

  4. Super Cereal says:

    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 says:

      Be cool. Everything gonna be irie.

      Sweat Game 5.

    • Max R. says:

      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,

  5. Grit for Brains says:

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

  6. Tyrone Sharpton says:

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

    • Greg says:

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

      I DON’T CARE!

    • Jesse says:

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

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

      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.

  7. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    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”…

  8. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  9. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  10. Dela G says:

    unbelievable the strikes hamels got in this john jay at bat

  11. LiterallyFigurative says:

    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.

  12. LiterallyFigurative says:

    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?


    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.

  13. Greg says:

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

  14. Greg says:

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

  15. Greg says:

    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 says:

      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.

  16. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Eventually, Philly was going to break through….

  17. Bill says:

    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.

  18. ArchStanton says:

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

    • David N says:

      .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.

  19. Greg says:

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

    Allen Craig and Albert Pujols in order to bat

  20. You Know, Suzyn... says:

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

  21. Greg says:


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

    • Nogomo says:

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

      • Greg says:

        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 says:

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

  22. Nogomo says:

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

  23. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Schumaker caught that ball.

  24. Mickey Scheister says:

    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.

  25. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  26. tom says:

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

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