ARLINGTON -- The Cardinals' 1-0 victory over the Phillies means that Arthur Rhodes is going to the National League Championship Series and Cliff Lee is not.
Rhodes began the season with the Rangers and was let go at the beginning of August after relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara were acquired in trades. The Cardinals picked him up, and he pitched 19 games for them down the stretch. In the NL Division Series against the Phillies, Rhodes was used as a left-handed situational pitcher and retired three hitters, two on strikeouts.
"Of course I'm happy for Arthur," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It just didn't pan out here. He got new life and is doing a great job for Tony La Russa and the Cardinals. I wish he could have stayed here, but he landed on his feet."
Lee was with the Rangers during their playoff run last season, but signed as a free agent with the Phillies in the offseason. At the time, he said Philadelphia offered the best chance of winning.
"He was right about them having a chance to win," Washington said. "They did win. They just didn't get a chance to go to the World Series. There are no guarantees."