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NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 1:28 am
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' Game 2 victory wrestled homefield advantage from the Brewers as the National League Championship Series heads to St. Louis with Milwaukee needing at least one victory at Busch Stadium to ensure a return to the friendly confines of Miller Park.

Milwaukee struggled on the road this season, but still managed to go 4-5 at Busch Stadium as the two teams split their 18-game season series.

NLCS

"Everybody talks about our home record, but we didn't go undefeated at home by any stretch," Brewers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. said following Monday's loss.." It's a loss, but we've just got to go on the road and bounce back."

The Cardinals have won 15 consecutive get-away day games, tabbing their travels "happy flights." However, those "happy flights" leave a little bit of a hangover. In the games after their last 14 "happy flights," the Cardinals have gone 4-10.

Still, the Cardinals left Milwaukee happy, and with the series taking a much different complexion than it had after Milwaukee's Game 1 victory. Now, Milwaukee has to go on the road and depend on a starter that has struggled against the Cardinals and two more that have not been very good in the playoffs.

"(Winning Game 2) was big to us. We're 1-1, that was big to win, just because they've done well (in MIlwaukee)," Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay said following Monday night's victory. "But it was big for us to fight back and get a win after (Sunday's) game."

A win behind Chris Carpenter would put the Brewers on the ropes and could set the stage for the Cardinals' next happy flight to be after Game 2 of the World Series.

PITCHER MATCHUP

Gallardo vs. Cardinals: Yovani Gallardo has certainly been the Brewers' best -- and only consistent -- starter in the playoffs, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two starts against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS. The rest of the team's starters are 1-3 with a 11.54 ERA in the playoffs.

However, Gallardo was 1-3 with a 5.70 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals this season and is 1-7 with a 5.66 ERA in 11 career starts against St. Louis. Among his four starts against the Cardinals this season were his best and worst performances of the season. On May 7, he allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings, but on Sept. 1 at Miller Park, the Cardinals tagged him for eight earned in 4 2/3 innings.

Carpenter vs. Brewers: The Cardinals' right-hander is coming off a masterful victory over close friend Roy Halladay in Game 5 of the NLDS. While Carpenter struggled in Game 2 start on short rest, but Carpenter is fully rested going into Tuesday's start.

Carpenter was 2-2 against the Brewers this season with a 3.86 ERA -- but he was 2-0 in two starts against the Brewers at Busch Stadium, including a four-hit shutout on Sept. 7.

Ryan Braun's struggled a bit against Carpenter, going 5 for 22 (.227) with a home run and six strikeouts. Prince Fielder is 8 for 26 (.308) with two home runs, five walks and eight strikeouts against Carpenter.

Pitching matchup advantage:

 

If both are on in Game 3, it should be the opposite of the slugfests we saw in Miwaukee. Even as Gallardo has developed into a frontline starter, Carpenter's history of success in big games (and on full rest) is too much to overlook.

LINEUPS

Brewers Cardinals
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Corey Hart RF 1 Rafael Furcal SS
2 Mark Kotsay CF 2 Jon Jay CF
3 Ryan Braun LF 3 Albert Pujols 1B
4 Prince Fielder 1B 4 Matt Holliday LF
5 Rickie Weeks 2B 5 Lance Berkman RF
6 Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B 6 Yadier Molina C
7 Yuniesky Betancourt SS 7 David Freese 3B
8 Jonathan Lucroy C 8 Nick Punto 2B
9 Yovani Gallardo RHP 9 Chris Carpenter RHP

NOTES

  • In 23 of the last 42 NLCS -- including this one -- the loser of Game 1 has come back to win Game 2.
  • St. Louis' 17 hits on Monday night tied for the second most the team had ever collected in a  postseason game. The Cardinals had 20 hits in Game 4 of the 1946 World Series against the Red Sox and 17 in Game 7 of the 1934 World Series.
  • With his ninth LCS home run, Albert Pujols is now tied with George Brett and Bernie Williams for the second-most in baseball history. Manny Ramirez holds the record with 13 LCS home runs. Pujols now has 14 career postseason home runs, tied with David Justice for eighth most in history.
  • Fielder's homer in Game 2 gave him four postseason home runs -- the most by any Brewer. Ted Simmons and Paul Molitor each hit three.
  • Former Cardinal and Brewer (and Royal and Red Sox and Diamondback and Pirate) Jeff Suppan will throw out the first pitch in Game 3 at Busch Stadium.
  • This series has been rain-free -- so far. Rain is predicted for gametime on Wednesday.
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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:10 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Oh and dont bash the Cardinals fan base, our fan base is rated among the best in all of baseball, We support our team win or lose? We weren't expecting to make it this far, yet alone make the playoffs but we still came out and supported our boys most MLB players wouldn't mind becoming a Cardinal if they had to be traded they like the fact that we have a supportive fan base win or lose much more than you can say for the Marlins or Brewers.

Most cities just jump on the Bandwagon when their team is winning, our love for the cardinals is like a marrage "For better or wrose"

Lets go boys game 3 is ours!!!!!
Game 4 is ours!!!!
game 5 is a No decision of starters coming down to the bulpen if we dont win oh well lets have some more batting practice before heading to the world series



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:07 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Has anyone else looked at tonights odds on the money line, I believe its the First time the Cardinals have been favored to win a game this Playoffs so far. Even the money bookers dont trust Gallardos stats against our Ace and our newly awaken Giant.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:40 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Stub:  The Cardinals have been no worse than 6th in MLB attendance for the last 12 plus years.  How was the Brewers attendance during that time.  The Brewers broke a franchise attendance record this year and still didn't draw more than the Cardinals.  Also, the Cards go to the play-offs more than not unlike the Brewers so please don't even compare the two fan bases because there is no comparison. 



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:39 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Come on duckmeat... lets have a little faith... none of these posts mean a damn thing anyway. Just something to have fun with. This is the time and place you have to put your money where your mouth is........ We'll give the other team credit if/when they beat us. For now..... In the words of the great Jack Buck "Lets go crazy folks!!!"



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:37 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Unlike alot of other Card fans, I think the Brewers have a good chance to win game 3. Gallardo's numbers against the Cards aren't very good, but I think he'll keep them close where one of their big boppers could win the game with a HR late. Overall, I think the Brewers and Cards are pretty even clubs, with most of the edge going to valuable experience the Cards have from past post seasons. I still like the Cards to win this game, 5-3, but thats close enough where one swing of the bat late could change the outcome.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:04 pm
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Only momentum we really have is tonight's starting pitcher... thank God its Carp! Oh yeah, and we also have Pujols, don't we? And we are pretty much just playing better than the BeerMakers right now. Okay, enough said. Go Cards, let's wrap this thing up in 5. I like the thought of the 11th title coming in '11... has a nice "Ring" to it.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:37 am
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

I can buy tickets to tonights game directly from the Cardinals website, LOL!!!!   So to all the fans on these pages posting comments about the Brewers, at least our fans turn out for everything win or lose Wisconsin has the best fans in the nation

GO BREW CREW!!!



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:52 am
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

Only a Moderate Edge for the Redbirds in the Game 3 pitching matchup?  Please!!!!  We have Mr. Cy Young going against Mr. Never Won.  We have the orchestrator of one of the finest starts in MLB playoff history (Game 5 - NLDS) vs. a guy that threw well against the Diamondbacks.  Gallardo vs. the Cards in 2011:  1-3, 5.70 ERA.  'Nuff said.  The Cards will take Game 3 and the NLCS in 6 at the most.  Bring the pennant back home where it belongs baby!!!



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:34 am
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

I agree with that comment there, the Cardinals will absolutely annihilate Wolf on the mound theres not much he can do about it either, and Gallardos success points in the Cardinals favor
Game 3 - Carpenter Vs. Gallardo --> Carp - W      Gallardo - L
Game 4 - Loshe Vs. Wolf --> Loshe - W      Wolf - L
Game 5 - Garcia Vs. Greinke --> Garcia - W      Greinke - L

I look for Garcia to get his revenge and get a win, seeing as both of his post season starts he has had the lead but in the 6th inning he loses it and TLR had been sitting back and just watching it, and in game 2 TLR didn't sit back and watch I look to him to do the same when Garcia Pitches again.

I think the Brewers are in Shock from the 12-3 beating they took, Gallardo will be under some severe pressure to win. 
Good luck in game 3 Brew Crew.
I see the cards getting their 11th title in 2011.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:27 am
 

NLCS Game 3: Cardinals riding high

I would take Kyle Losh over Randy Wolf right now.  If the Cards win Game 3 they will have batting practice against Wolf.  Loshe went 14-8 this year with a 3.39 ERA. 


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