LHP Hamels (14-9, 2.79 ERA) has six career postseason wins for the Phillies since 2008.
LHP Garcia (13-7, 3.56 ERA) has been an up and down pitcher for the Cardinals since the All Star Break. Garcia was 0-2 with an ERA of 6.84. In September he was 3-0, with a 2.64 ERA.
The biggest question for the Phillies might be: Which Jaime Garcia shows up? The one who keeps the ball low, misses low, and is difficult to hit? Or the one who misses up and hangs pitches over the heart of the plate? No matter which one shows up, the Phillies need base runners. When the Phillies had runners on base in Game 2, they put a lot of pressure on Chris Carpenter and were able to drive them home. The more base runners, the better for the Phillies. Tonight, they need to wake up their bats.
Ryan Howard gets the chance to play postseason baseball in his hometown for the first time tonight. John Mayberry Jr. gets the start in left field tonight with the left hander Garcia pitching and Game 1& 2 starter Raul Ibanez hitting just .211 off lefties this year.
The travel day gave the Cardinals bullpen a rest. They have pitched 8 2/3 innings over the first two games. They threw 6 innings on Sunday while allowing no runs. The Cardinals are looking to Jaime Garcia to produce some innings for give the bullpen some more rest.
Cardinals LF Matt Holliday has been available to pinch hit but his right hand is still giving him a lot of trouble. Holliday has “significant discomfort” in his right hand. He remains day to day and is not in the lineup for tonight’s game.
Phillies lineup for tonight:
1. Rollins SS
2. Utley 2B
3. Pence RF
4. Howard 1B
5. Victorino CF
6. Mayberry Jr. LF
7. Polanco 3B
8. Ruiz C
9. Hamels P
First pitch is at 5:07 on TBS.