Hitting vs. Pitching
The Cardinals led the league in hitting and scoring runs, the Phillies had the lowest ERA and the fewest errors. So, it comes down to pitching and defense against offense.
Phillies starting rotation is lined up, Doc, Cliff, Cole and Roy-O. Combined they are 20-8 in the postseason. In the bullpen, Brad and Ryan have tremendous postseason experience.
St. Louis took the season series from the Phillies, 6-3
All these numbers go out the window at 5:07 p.m. today. The common number then is zero.
Cliff and Charlie will be in the interview room starting at 12:45 this afternoon. Carpenter and LaRussa will make their media appearance at 2 this afternoon.
During the postseason, interview rooms are used daily before and after games. The media mass is so large for the postseason and post-game clubhouse access is limited. Clubhouses are closed pre-game, thus the need for the interview room. Through technology, the interview room is available to media around the world through satellite feeds.
Sunday night, 8:07 first pitch.
Rally towels courtesy of PA Auto Theft. Anthem will be performed by Miss America. The ceremonial first ball will be tossed by Christopher J. Ferguson, a Philadelphia native and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis on his first mission five years ago. This summer, he was the commander of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the final space flight. He took a Cole Hamels jersey on that flight.
Phillies Postseason History
2008 NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies earn first postseason win in 15 years with a 3-1 decision over the Brewers. Cole Hamels tosses eight shutout innings to get the win, retiring the first 14 batters he faced.
Alumni Postseason Memories
Phillies Alumni were asked: What is your favorite postseason memory as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
Andy Ashby (RHP, 1991-92; 2000)
“Growing up in the Kansas City area, the Royals were my favorite team and I always hoped they would make it. I graduated from high school in 1985 and that is the year they beat the Cardinals in the World Series.
“Reached the postseason with the Padres in ’96, ’98 and Atlanta, ’00. There is more pressure, but I believe good pressure. You’ve worked hard to get that far, the ups and downs of a long season and now you are starting a new year but in the same year. It is totally different in that you don’t want to go home.”