-The Phillies have a .299 OBP and a .381 slugging percentage against a Cardinals staff that has started Kyle Lohse, Chris Carpenter on three days' rest, Jaime Garcia and Edwin Jackson.
-The Phillies have never lost a series in which they led two games to one. They are 7-0 in such situations, including all three series they played in 2008 and their first two series in 2009.
-Only once in their history have the Phillies won a do-or-die game in the final game of a series. That was a victory over the Astros in game 5 of the 1980 NLCS. They are 1-1 all-time in decisive games.
-The Phils are trying to become the first team to reach four straight NLCS since the Braves made eight in a row from 1991 to 1999. The Yankees were the last team to reach for straight ALCS (1998-2001).
-Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina are the only active Cardinals that played in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the Mets. However, other St. Louis players, including Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal, and Arthur Rhodes have played in a winner-take-all game. Also, Matt Holliday played in the one-game playoff between Colorado and San Diego in 2007. For the Phillies, Roy Oswalt has pitched in a couple of winner-take-all games, but that's about it. Of course, the Phillies have played in plenty of high-pressure games over the last five years, so take that for what it's worth.
-Against the Phillies on regular rest, Carpenter is 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA since 2005.
-The last three decisive Game 5's in the NL have been won by road teams. The last home team to win an NLDS Game 5 was the 2001 D-Backs. In all, home teams are 1-8 in the last nine NLDS/ALDS Game 5's.
-Jimmy Rollins has nine hits in the series. His previous high for any series was six, something he accomplished twice.
-Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco are a combined 5-for-45 in the series. Yikes.
-Finally, check out Roy Halladay's career numbers on five days' rest, courtesy of CSNPhilly.com:
Halladay has made 84 career starts on five days' rest. He has a .714 winning percentage in those games and an ERA (2.59) almost one full run better than on normal rest (3.42). An extra-rested Halladay has held opponents to a batting average 22 points lower than usual and a slugging percentage 44 points lower. In such games, his opponents’ OPS is 15 percent worse.
Halladay made 10 starts on five days' rest this season, and went 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA and three complete games. Last year, he was 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA, four complete games and two shutouts.
Put it all together and Halladay is 16-3 with a 1.81 ERA – and 143 strikeouts to only 23 walks – on five days' rest as a Phillie.