NLCS: Phillies Beat Padres to Move One Win From World Series
The Philadelphia Phillies finally won their home opener on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, beating the San Diego Padres 9-1. In the process, they moved a single win out of the second Wild Card spot.
So congratulations to the Phillies, who won their first game in a while. They haven’t had a winning season since they lost 97 games in 2013, all of them losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. They have gone through every other playoff team except the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox.
The last time they went to the World Series was in 2011, but even then, they couldn’t win it. Their last World Series came in the same year that the Cleveland Indians lost to the Yankees. The Phillies won the World Series when they trailed 7-5 late in the eighth inning in 2011, but the team didn’t win the title after that.
Now, with this week’s victory, the Phillies are one win ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles and the Mets, though, are battling for the final spot, while the Padres are still in third place. The Rockies and Nationals are tied for fifth. In case you were living in a cave, the Braves and Brewers are now in fifth. The Cubs are the only team with a shot at the World Series. They’ll have to beat the Pirates in a three-game series. So, there are some interesting playoff scenarios going on this week, and we’ll give you all the details.
And with that, I’m going to go watch the Phillies go up against the Pirates Monday night on ESPN2.
Phillies vs. Pirates
Game 1, Monday, 8:00pm ET on MASN
The Phillies have won two more games on the road this season, but they haven’t won a road game this month. While they are 0-3 at home under Cole Hamels, this is