2011 MLB Playoff Schedule: Phillies and Brewers on Brink of NLCS Berths

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2011 MLB Playoff Schedule: Phillies and Brewers on Brink of NLCS Berths
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For the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, tonight is the night to win.

Both the Phillies and Brewers lead 2-1 in their respective National League Divisional Series matchups, and both are in action tonight.

Phillies vs. Cardinals

At 6:00 p.m. tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals host the Phillies, with hopes of becoming just the second team in NLDS history to come from 2-1 down to win a series. To even get a shot at Game 5, the Cardinals need to beat Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt is the fourth great pitcher on the loaded Phillies cast. The Cardinals were able to tally some hits against Roy Halladay, but were unable to close the win. Against Cliff Lee, the Cards fought back from a four-run deficit in Game 2 to make it a series.

Edwin Jackson will take the mound against the Phillies, and will likely need to be brilliant for the Cardinals to send the series back to Philadelphia.  Jackson has only made three appearances in the postseason, and has never made a start.

This will be a true test for Jackson, and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the pressure put on him by a potent Phillies lineup.

Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

The Brewers get their second chance to put away the Arizona Diamondbacks when they play at 9:30 p.m. tonight at Chase Field.  

On the mound for the Brewers is Randy Wolf, a southpaw with a 3.69 ERA this season. Pitching for the D-Backs is Joe Saunders, who sported the same ERA throughout the 2011 regular season.

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Saunders made three postseason starts for the Los Angeles Angels, and was 0-1 in those appearances. Wolf received no decisions in both of his playoff starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, pitching nine total innings.

The Brewers dominated the first two games of this series, but the Diamondbacks took it to Milwaukee in Game 3 to keep the series. Keep a close eye on this game, as two evenly matched pitchers go head-to-head.

Tonight: Wednesday, Oct. 5

Philadelphia Phillies @ St. Louis Cardinals, 6 p.m. - Televised on: TBS, SN

Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:30 p.m. - Televised on TBS, SN

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