As the Cardinals prepare to play game 3 tonight against the Phillies there is one glaring key for the Cards success: Jaime Garcia's ability to retire lefthanded hitters. The Phillie's lefties.. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez... have done almost all of the damage against Cardinals pitching in the first two games of the series. Howard, the St. Louis native, just destroys the Cardinals. Always has. If Garcia can find a way to keep those lefty bats quiet tonight the Cardinals will have a great chance to win this game. If not, the Cards will probably have to score 6 or 7 runs to win.
Major league baseball has fined Tony La Russa an unspecified amount of money for comments he made on tv during game 2. La Russa was unhappy about the umpiring behind the play and said during a live interview "I would add -- which could get me in trouble, but I'm going to add anyway -- is that we are pitching to two different strike zones." La Russa also made a trip to the mound, just waiting for the home plate ump to come out, and blasted the umpire at that time. The strike zone did seem to change at that point in the game, and the Cardinals eventually erased a 4 run deficit to win. There's no telling if La Russa has anymore veteran managerial tricks up his sleeve tonight.