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NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

Posted on: October 6, 2011 7:54 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 5:13 pm
Halladay, Carpenter

By Evan Brunell

Cardinals vs. Phillies, Citizen's Bank Ballpark, 8:37 p.m. ET on TBS

When the playoffs began, no one gave the Cardinals a shot. Really, no one.

Not one of's baseball experts picked St. Louis to advance, and only Danny Knobler thought it would go the maximum five games. And yet, here we are, Game 5 in Philadelphia with Roy Halladay going up against Chris Carpenter. The Phillies are still the more vaunted team but when it comes down to one game, anything goes. The Cardinals already took a game in Philadelphia, so they don't have the bugaboo of having to play in Citizen's Bank Park. Add in a rather convincing win on Wednesday, in which Philadelphia didn't score after the first, and one has to think the Cardinals just might have the upper hand heading into Thursday's game.

One problem with that, though: Halladay. The right-hander may or may not win the NL Cy Young Award this year if Clayton Kershaw has anything to say about it, but either way, he had a Cy Young-caliber season and already has two of these trophies to his name. On paper, it's a drastic mismatch against a former Cy Young Award winner himself in Carp, who took home the award in 2005. Both Carpenter and Halladay are ex-Blue Jays teammates, which makes the matchup that much sweeter.


Cardinals Phillies
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Rafael Furcal SS 1 Jimmy Rollins SS
2 Skip Schumaker CF 2 Chase Utley 2B
3 Albert Pujols 1B 3 Hunter Pence RF
4 Lance Berkman RF 4 Ryan Howard 1B
5 Matt Holliday LF 5 Shane Victorino CF
6 Yadier Molina C 6 Raul Ibanez LF
7 David Freese 3B 7 Placido Polanco 3B
8 Nick Punto 2B 8 Carlos Ruiz C
9 Chris Carpenter RHP 9 Roy Halladay RHP


Carpenter vs. Phillies: Carpenter blew up against Philadelphia in Game 2, going on three-days rest although St. Louis eventually won the game. Going just three innings, Carpenter coughed up four runs on five hits and also walked an uncharacteristic, struggling with the strike zone. That was the game Tony La Russa complained on national TV about the zone despite no evidence toward the umpire displaying prejudice to St. Louis. The extra day of rest could help Carpenter return to his dominating ways, as he gave up just one run in two starts against the Phillies in the regular season. Chase Utley is 7 for 15 in his career against Carpenter, and Ryan Howard is 3-for-11 with a home run.

Halladay vs. Cardinals: Halladay coughed up three runs in Game 1, all coming in the first inning on a three-run home run by Lance Berkman -- the second straight time Berkman homered off Halladay in the first inning. In the regular season, Halladay registered a 3.21 ERA, losing in September after surrendering four runs.  Including Game 1, Albert Pujols is just 3 for 14. Skip Schumaker, who collected two hits in Game 1, has a .364 batting average against the right-hander in 12 plate appearances. 

 NLDS Game 5


  • Matt Holliday finally made his first start of the postseason in Game 4 and is expected to start again in Game 5.
  • Cliff Lee volunteered to be available in the bullpen if needed, but its doubtful Charlie Manuel will use him. The Phils have a capable bullpen, but never say never -- it is Lee's throw day, so it could happen.
  • The Cardinals and Phillies will be playing the second Game 5 of the LDS, with the Yankees and Tigers playing the first on Thursday night. Arizona and Milwaukee are also slated to play a Game 5 later Friday, giving the 2011 season three Game 5s in the LDS. From 2004 to 2011, there were just two Game 5s total.
  • The forecast is currently projected to be 51 degrees at nighttime with no chance of rain and minimal wind.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:57 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

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Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:44 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

What a bunch of overpaid, overrated stiffs the Phillies have in their lineup.  Going to be great watching Utley hit .260 with 15 hr power for the next 5 years while he's getting paid 20 million a year. and Howard whiff 50% of the time in the playoffs.  Amaro needs to immediately let someone else handle hitter negotiations, drafting and free agents.  It's apparent he's got the pitching part down, but we're getting locked into a lineup that will be lucky to get past the first round against any half way decent pitching.  Then they need to fire our coach and bring in someone who will manage to win instead of manage to be buddies with everyone because it seems like we're getting progressively worse in the playoffs.  Oh well, just call us the Braves.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:49 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

Should be a great game tonight.Both pitchers a good.I have a feeling this is going to be a nail biter.Good luck to both teams



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:53 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

Am a Phillies fan but I must say whoever wins this game tonight I want them to win the World Series. I like the Cardinals and Pujols, but I hate La Russa. Oooh I cant wait 3.5 more hours. Carpenter vs. Halladay game 5 best of 5 in an awesome series. GO PHILLIES!!!!

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:50 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

I think this will be a good game, yes i am a cardinal fan but i think whatever team gives up more than 2 runs will lose tonight. Two great pitchers are squaring off, this will be fun goodluck to the phillies and there fans. GO CARDS!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:55 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

Well here it is, and If your a phillies fan this is what  we got Roy for, to win THESE types of games to nail it down when it matters most.  This team will live and die by the pitching. The bats just aren't what they used to be but they are still very good, but most fans knew going into the season the pitching would have to take us over the top. Pitching is either gonna win it all for lose it all for the phils. I would be real sad if the phils don't win because it would be the 3rd set back after winning it all in 08. From losing the WS, then the LCS, and now the lds is on the line. It would be really bad to regress step further this year.  The Crads are playing so hungry I beieve if they Phils can survive tonight they will win the whole thing.

The Phillies have shown guts all season and I believe they get it done at home with Halladay on the bump. IF your a Phils fan this is exactly what you could hope for in a do or die game 5. I am very confident the phils move on to face the Dimondbacks.

Go Phillies!!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:02 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

Heres to hoping Hallady pitches a perfect game and Carpenter retires the first 26 batters before the Phils get a PH walk-off HR.  OK, I'm more likely to be struck by lightning 5 times, but still, one can imagine stranger things.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:22 pm

NLDS Game 5: Halladay, Carpenter square off

I'm a Cardinal fan and I have to admit this has been one of the best division series I have witnessed for some time.  I agree with the previous two comments, may the best team win.  I have to admire the way Phillies approach the game, very professional and a class act.  It is a good reflection of their management and their manager.  As a Cardinal fan, I realize the Cardinals wouldn't even be here if it were not for the Phillies sweeping the Braves the last three days of the season.  I hope the match-up between Carp and Holliday is everything as advertised. GO CARDS!!! 

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