No team in baseball has played in more big games over the last handful of years than the Philadelphia Phillies. In rattling off five straight trips to the playoffs, the Phillies have suited up in 46 postseason games over the last five years.
As a team, Philadelphia is 27-19 during that stretch and has rattled off five series victories in nine attempts. What's most important for this year's group, though, is that many of the players that comprise the current roster have been a big part of this team's postseason success in recent years.
Hamels, Howard, Ruiz, Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino were all part of Philadelphia's first foray into the MLB postseason back in 2007 when the Phils were promptly swept in three games by the Colorado Rockies. That same group has gone on to capture four more NL East crowns while advancing to the World Series twice and winning it once.
This team hasn't panicked after a mediocre start and at the time of writing this has won six straight games to climb to within 3.5 games of division-leading Atlanta. Much of that resolve can be attributed to manager Charlie Manuel, who for years has known just what buttons to push and when.
The window may be closing on this current group of Phillies and their chance to capture another World Series crown, but I don't think it's closed just yet.