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The D-Backs are a very tricky team that is very similar to last year's Giants.
They are a true nine-inning team, they don't usually go away without a fight—and sometimes they just don't go away—and they are filled with talent all around.
They are just as good on the road as they are at home; they have equal amounts of wins against quality teams as they do against lesser teams, and have proven they can ball with anyone.
So, does this mean they can slow the Phillies?
Yes, it does. It means they have the talent and balance to slow the Phillies down, but it doesn't necessarily mean they can beat them for the right to go to the World Series.
Don't misunderstand me here, I am not flat out saying they can't do it, just that I believe they won't—if it comes down to these two teams, of course.
The Phillies have one aspect over the D-backs that we have all seen as the extra factor in the postseason: Experience!
The D-Backs will certainly put up a fight no matter where in the postseason they face the Phillies—if they do—but I just think that the experience factor will be the one elevating aspect the Phillies bring to the table that will help them rise above each competitor they face en route to what I believe will be another World Series appearance and win.