RHP Oswalt (9-10, 3.69 ERA) has never lost a postseason game as a starter.
RHP Jackson (12-9, 3.79 ERA) has never started a postseason game. However, Jackson did pitch two innings, allowing one run, two hits, and a walk to the Phillies in the 2008 World Series as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
It is no secret that the Cardinals need a win tonight. All hands on deck for the Cardinals and that means that almost everyone will be available out of the bullpen except Jaime Garcia (last night’s starter) and Chris Carpenter (who will start a Game 5 if necessary).
Ryan Theriot went 4-for-5 yesterday and has continued his unusually good hitting. It is amazing that he has six hits in nine at bats. Albert Pujols continues to be one of the best hitters in the game. He had four hits yesterday, three of which were doubles. Pujols is 7-for-13 in the series and continues to prove why he is one of the most feared hitters in the game. He is potentially entering his final game with the Cardinals tonight as he is a free agent this offseason.
The Phillies are hoping to wrap the series up tonight. Last night featured an unusual hero- Ben Francisco. Francisco’s three run home run was all the Phillies needed to pull out a win in a crucial Game 3.
Via Phillies Insider Kevin McAlpin, the previous seven times the Phillies have held a 2-1 series lead in the postseason, the Phils have won all seven series.
First pitch is at 6:07pm at Busch Stadium and the game can be seen on TBS.