ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are facing elimination on Saturday night in Game 2 of the National League Wild Card series against the Philadelphia Phillies. With their backs against the wall and season on the line, Cardinals manager Oli Marmol certainly believes his team will be up for the task in front of a sellout crowd at chilly Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Oli Marmol delivers quote of the day in media session before Wild Card matchup against Philadelphia Phillies
When asked in pregame about if any speeches needed to be made in the clubhouse in order to keep his St. Louis Cardinals geared up and ready for the tough task ahead of them, Marmol scoffed at the question and delivered a point blank response.
After Friday’s meltdown in the ninth inning where Philadelphia scored six runs on their way to a stunning 6-3 win, St. Louis enters Saturday knowing that a loss not only ends the season, but also the careers for franchise legends Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina.
St. Louis has plenty of experience on their side to try to erase Friday’s loss, with the Cardinals having a combined 309 postseason games on the roster. St. Louis has 15 players on their active roster with prior postseason experience, including eight pitchers.
Among those with postseason experience is starting pitcher Miles Mikolas, who has not only pitched for the Cardinals in the postseason but also been on the mound for three postseason games with the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League. Mikolas gets the start for St. Louis on Saturday night and will be opposed by Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola.
Saturday’s first pitch is set for 8:37 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised by ESPN2.