The Philadelphia Phillies have been penciled into the World Series since day one. Most fans want to just fast forward to the World Series because it is such a “lock” that the Phillies are going make it.
I just don’t see the lock everyone else does.
The Phillies are the best team in the National League. However that does not make them a lock to get to the World Series. It makes them the favorite. There is a difference.
The last time a team with the most wins in the National League made it to the World Series was in 2004. So many people are caught up with slogans about “Four Aces” and “R2C2” that we forget how much work it takes to get through the playoffs, even when you are the favorite.
For me it comes down to which Phillies show up in October: The ones making it look easy right now, or the ones who forget how to hit and may have an overworked pitching staff. This will determine how far the Phils go.
We were supposed to cruise to another World Series last year too, remember?
The starters will do their job and give you quality innings, but you cannot expect complete games every night. In the playoffs it will be a chess game of bench players being matched up against relief pitchers late in games. The Phillies cannot give up a run in tight games and pressure their offense to bail them out.
I’m not being pessimistic, I’m being realistic. Being the favorite does not mean you are privileged to get into the World Series. Any team is just one bad series from being eliminated. Even the Phillies.