Halladay (1-0, 3.38 ERA) retired his last 21 batters after a leadoff single in the second inning against the Cardinals last Saturday. Halladay went eight innings and got the win for the Phillies.
Carpenter (0-0, 12.00 ERA) went only three innings in his Game 2 start and allowed four runs to the Phillies. Carpenter got the ND as the Cardinals came back to win it 5-4 on Sunday night.
The Cardinals are looking to feed on the momentum from the Game 4 victory against the Phillies. It is no secret that the Cardinals got the matchup they wanted with Chris Carpenter going for them on normal rest. Albert Pujols has been one of the keys to this offense as he is hitting .412 for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday provided a spark for the Cardinals offense the other day in his return to the starting lineup. Look for the Cardinals to feed on that as well. It is no surprise but it is “all hands on deck” for the Cardinals as virtually everyone will be available in the bullpen tonight.
The Phillies return home for Game 5. They are hoping to get the crowd involved early and feed off the energy of the Citizens Bank Park faithful. The key is to keep the crowd involved. Ever since Chris Carpenter was pulled in Game 2, the Phillies have not been seeing a lot of pitches. The Phillies were successful against Carpenter in Game 2 when they were seeing pitches and were patient at the plate. The patience lead to base runners which put the heat on the Cardinals. The Phillies will look to be more patient at the plate and get base runners early and often. We talked about it at length yesterday, but did Ryan Howard make an adjustment? Will he prove all the doubters wrong? We will see tonight. Similar to the Cardinals, the Phillies also have “all hands on deck” as everyone is available in the bullpen tonight, even Cliff Lee.
Roy Halladay is pitching on extra rest tonight (he is pitching on five days rest). As a Phillie, Halladay is 16-3 with a 1.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts with 23 walks, when pitching on five days rest. The season rests on Doc’s shoulders.