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The Phillies couldn't close out the Cards in Game 4 at Busch Stadium, but now, back at Citizens Bank Park, with their season on the line, the club with baseball's best record, as well as one of the game's best starters on the mound in Roy Halladay, will win the day.
Halladay will step up when it counts Friday night, and he will shut down the Cardinals' offensive attack. Though his start in Game 1 wasn't stellar, it was solid, as Halladay yielded three runs in eight innings while fanning eight.
Albert Pujols, who was 4-for-5 in Game 3, was hitless in Game 4 and will have his hands full with the Doctor.
Halladay's counterpart, Chris Carpenter, will start for St. Louis. He is coming off a very rough outing against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park in Game 2, when he gave up four runs on five hits in just three innings pitched.
The Phillies will qualify for their fourth straight NLCS.