Cardinals and Phillies: Two Teams, Two Paths, One Playoff

5 years 3 weeks 1 day ago September 30, 2011 Sep 30, 2011 Friday, September 30 2011 Friday, September 30, 2011 3:55:48 PM CDT in Baseball
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roy Halladay came to Philadelphia to pitch in October, knowing the regular season was a necessary formality.

Halladay's first trip to the postseason was quite a memorable one, though it ended in bitter disappointment. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, his teammates and just about everyone else in Philadelphia expects the Phillies to win the World Series this time around.

First, they have to beat the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals in the NL division series. Game 1 is Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, with Halladay opposing Kyle Lohse.

The teams took different paths to get here.

The Phillies cruised to their fifth straight NL East title. The Cardinals needed an incredible collapse by Atlanta and help from Philadelphia to earn the wild card.


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