5 Reasons Philadelphia Phillies Will Beat San Francisco Giants in 2011 Playoffs

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5 Reasons Philadelphia Phillies Will Beat San Francisco Giants in 2011 Playoffs
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants each have a victory in their three-game series with tonight being the rubber match.The Phillies are threatening to run away with the NL East en route to their fifth consecutive division championship.

The Giants had a rocky start to the year (again) but their pitching and defense are too good to not win the shaky NL West. The first game of this eagerly anticipated series featured two starting pitchers that will most likely not be in that role once the postseason begins (Zito will be left off the roster again) in Vance Worley and Barry Zito.

The guy who makes about $125 million less (Worley) dominated the world champion Giants, tossing his first-ever complete game. He allowed only three hits while the Phillies pounded four home runs.

The second game of the series seemed more like a postseason matchup with two of the best pitchers in baseball in Cole Hamels and Matt Cain battling and baffling opposing hitters. The Giants were able to squeak out two runs and win the game 2-1.

They used dynamic starting pitching, timely hitting that capitalizes on mistakes and a dominant bullpen to win the game. The Giants used that recipe to cook up some World Series rings in the Bay Area in 2010.

Don't fret, Philadelphia, as things will be much different this time around.

Here are five reasons why the Philadelphia Phillies will dominate a potential rematch against the San Francisco Giants this postseason.

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