After falling to Cardinals in 2011, Jimmy Rollins happy Phillies will face St. Louis in NLDS

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The last time the Philadelphia Phillies were in the postseason, they were bounced by the St. Louis Cardinals.

That was in 2011. Fast forward, and Philly’s first postseason matchup in 11 years is against none other than St. Louis.

Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins is happy is played out that way.

Rollins and the Phillies lost in five games to the Cardinals in that infamous 2011 NLDS. They were up 2-1 in the series before St. Louis won the last two games to advance, ultimately winning the World Series that year.

That was the last time anyone from that core reached the postseason in a Phillies uniform. And, poetically, it will be 11 years to the day of that Game 5 loss when the 2022 Phillies open their Wild Card series with the Cards.

“I do like the fact that the last team that we faced in the playoffs were the Cardinals, and this new bunch of guys, they get to rewrite that,” Rollins said in an interview Thursday with “Jon Marks & Ike Reese.” “The first team that they face as a group is the Cardinals, the team that put us out. They can’t (get) revenge (for) our loss, but I’m looking for them to avenge it.”

While the Phillies don’t have any holdovers from that 2011 team, the Cardinals have three with Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright (who was injured that year and didn't play).

First pitch for Game 1 on Friday is set for 2:07 p.m. ET from Busch Stadium, with Zack Wheeler set to face Jose Quintana.

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