It might be a stretch to think this is the same thing, especially since the Padres not only would have to win two in San Diego but win a Game 5 back in St. Louis.After the first two games at Busch, the Cardinals are feeling confident, and with good reason. "We have home-field advantage," leadoff hitter David Eckstein. "That's the job, and the one thing we've got to do is we've got to stay aggressive. The guys in the clubhouse are ready to play. We can't wait to get over there, and we'll be ready to play at 8 [PT] on Saturday night." Former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams (9-12, 4.85 ERA), in his second stint with the Padres, will try to play the stopper role against his old club, matched against fellow right-hander Matt Morris (14-10, 4.11 ERA). "We know all about Woody," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He's going to be out there battling with everything he's got. You've got to win three to get to the next level, and we know the Padres and [the fans in] their ballpark expect a real tough ballgame." The Cardinals sure aren't planning to sit back and wait to have the Red Sea of fans in their corner at Busch Stadium. "We're not real fond of relaxing and being comfortable," La Russa said. "I heard David's comment about home-field advantage. We're going to their ballpark. Their fans are not pulling for the Cardinals. They're pulling for the Padres. "We expect very difficult competition, and one of the things I like the best about our team is they're very solid between the ears. There's nobody who will take anything for granted and start celebrating."
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.