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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lohse, Cardinals get a Halladay in Game 1


The Philadelphia Phillies, fresh off a franchise-record and MLB-best 102-win season, host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS. St. Louis was the National League’s highest-scoring team this season, clinched a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season, overcoming an 8-game deficit to win the Wild Card.

That’s tied for the second-biggest September deficit ever overcome by a team that reached the postseason, according to Elias.

Inside the Series
The Cardinals, who won six of nine meetings, are one of just two teams (Washington Nationals) to win the season series from the Phillies.

The middle of the Cardinals order did the damage in the season series. Albert Pujols hit .385 (10-for-26) in six games against the Phils this season and Lance Berkman hit .467 (14-for-30) with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 7 BB, including a single, home run and two intentional walks against Roy Halladay on September 19.

Matt Holliday, who won’t start in Game 1, went just 2-for-17 against the Phillies, but both of those hits were home runs.

Ryan Howard has great career numbers against the Cardinals, but hit just .263 (5-for-19) with a HR, 7 BB and 7 K this season. The two other primary lefties in the Phils lineup, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, had mixed results. Utley hit .321 (9-for-28) but without an extra-base hit and Ibanez went just 1-for-23, but the hit was a grand slam.

On the Mound
Kyle Lohse posted an 8.76 ERA in three starts against the Phillies in 2009 and 2010, but posted a 1.76 ERA in 15S innings pitched in two starts this season.

That includes a win in a game started by Roy Halladay on September 19, his first win in a head-to-head matchup with Halladay in four tries.

Halladay is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals and 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three career postseason starts. That includes a no-hitter, which came in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS at Citizens Bank Park.

Matchups to Watch
Albert Pujols
Pujols
Albert Pujols is 2-for-11 against Halladay and 0-for-11 against Phils closer Ryan Madson, his worst 0-fer against any pitcher.

Ryan Howard is 8-for-16 against Lohse with 2 HR and 8 RBI against Kyle Lohse and has reached base in five of his past six plate appearances against him.

Postseason History
The Phillies lost their last postseason Game 1 but have won six of their past seven. The Cardinals have lost three straight postseason games, their only three since winning the 2006 World Series. These two teams have never met in the postseason.