Can the Phils Bring the Brooms

Never in the 127-year history of Philadelphia Phillies have they swept an opponent in a playoff series. That could all change with a win tonight as the Phils hold a 2-0 series lead on the Cincinnati Reds in the best-of-five NLDS.

Taking the mound for the Phils is Cole Hamels, who is 6-0 with a 1.07 ERA in seven career starts against the Reds.

18 teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS prior to the Phils. All 18 of those teams went on to win the series.

The Reds’ mantra, like the Phillies’ this season, is “one game at a time.” But in order to come back and upset the Phils, they need to go through Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt in that order. Can it happen? “It can happen. It ain’t goin’ to happen, but it can happen,” said Charlie Manuel yesterday.

The Reds will turn to Johnny Cueto, who was 12-7 this season with a 3.64 ERA, to try and start the comeback. But Cueto struggled down the stretch, recording only one win in the last two months of the season.

The Reds have their work cut out for them and the Phils can taste the champagne waiting for them in the clubhouse. Sit back and wait folks. The fun is just beginning.

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