PHI Cole Hamels & STL Jaime Garcia
The series is tied 1-1 and tonight’s Game 3 is in St.Louis.
Ryan Howard usually tears it up at Busch Stadium, playing in front of his hometown family and friends, so hopefully tonight and tomorrow are no exception.
John Mayberry, Jr. who has had good success against lefties, will most likely start in place of Raul Ibanez. Mayberry is 3-for-6 against St. Louis southpaw Jaime Garcia, with a double and RBI.
“I don’t think anybody feels real comfortable against him,” said Mayberry about his success against Garcia. “He’s a real good pitcher. I guess I’ve been fortunate in the past.” – Phillies.com
One of the biggest keys to beating the Cards is the offense staying hot. So far lead-off batter Jimmy Rollins has done his job effectively.
Rollins is hitting .485 with two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs, three walks and three stolen bases in his last eight games, including the first two games of the NLDS. – Phillies.com
So has Chase Utley who at times struggled going down the stretch.
Utley is hitting .500 with two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, four walks and one stolen base in his last four games, including the first two games of the postseason. – Phillies.com
As good as those two have been, both have not fared well against Garcia. In their careers, Rollins is 1-for-11 and Utley is 0-for-6. Not very good stats, but this is the playoffs and the mindset is completely different. If Rollins gets on base, right out of the gate, he sets the tone for the rest of the game.
Tonight, we finally get to see Cole Hamels in the postseason. He finished off the regular season with 14 wins, nine losses, and a 2.79 earned run average.
“I know that being able to have good starting pitchers in the postseason is supposed to be sort of the way of success, but at the same time, in the postseason, everything is different no matter what you did during the regular season — how well you did, how well you didn’t do,” Hamels said. “You can have your big games in the postseason, but at the same time, it takes a whole team.” – Phillies.com
Check out tonight’s Game 3 preview after the jump…
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