The Philadelphia Phillies have proven that the odds are just numbers and estimates. Perhaps against most experts´ opinions and criteria, the Phillies are now at the National League Championship Series stage and ready to make it to the World Series.
After surpassing top seeds such as the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies are ready to prove they have nothing to lose and everything to gain for their fans.
Philadelphia is now set to visit the San Diego Padres at Petco Park this Tuesday night for Game 1. As for the Padres, the feeling is quite similar to that of the Phillies.
There is no question that the Padres have hustled one game at a time against some of the top teams in the league. After dropping the top seed in the league along the way, the Padres are now ready to prove that they are worthy of a World Series title.
The Phillies made it into the playoffs almost against all odds. They surpassed the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card round with two solid wins, but surpassing the Braves came as the biggest challenge so far.
The Phillies opened with a solid win yet were quickly beaten in Game 2. The final two games, a 9-1 victory and an 8-3 win, became proof that the Phillies were definitely at another level.
Now, Philadelphia is ready to keep up that winning drive and kick off the National League Championship Series against the Padres. Kyle Schwarber is expected to continue leading the Phillies with 46 home runs and 94 runs batted in.
The uncertainty factor may be leaning in favor of the Phillies. Yet, what’s in store for the team that surpassed the top seed in the league is still to be determined.
Against the odds, the Padres faced the Los Angeles Dodgers and came on top, surpassing the best team in the league as an underdog. The Padres did so in four games and are now ready to earn their ticket to the World Series.
For San Diego, Manny Machado has been the main offensive player throughout the entire regular season and now the postseason. Machado is now leading with a .298 batting average, 32 home runs, and 102 runs batted in.
The Phillies are ready to match up against the Padres in tonight’s first game.
For Philadelphia, the total has gone over in eight of their last 12 games. As for the Padres, the total has gone over in eight of their previous ten games.
Philadelphia enters the series against the Padres number seven overall with 747 runs and sixth in the league with a .422 slugging percentage.
On the other hand, the Padres have proven their worth against the best team in the league. San Diego is second with 84 quality starts, and eleventh overall with a 3.81 earned run average.
The Padres have gone above and beyond this season and are not ready to let go of their chances to make it into the final stage of the postseason.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Padres win, and the under hits.