Best Podcast in Baseball: Playoff Preview: Cardinals’ quest through stacked NL begins with Phillies

“And there isn’t a Chris Carpenter walking through the door.” A playoff preview with KMOX/1120 AM host Kevin Wheeler and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold. After 11 years, the Philadelphia Phillies are back in the playoffs and awaiting them — why it’s the same team that eliminated them in 2011 and changed the course of that franchise. The Cardinals welcome the Phillies for a best-of-three wild-card series all played at Busch Stadium in the first weekend of Major League Baseball’s expanded postseason. Wheeler and Goold discuss the top-end pitching edge the Phillies have with tandem right-handed aces and whether the Cardinals can counter with pitching depth. What are the matchups to watch? And what brutal rounds await the team that advances with Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers looming as some of the best teams the NL has seen since, well, that 2011 Phillies team was really good, too. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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