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There is no mistaking the Philadelphia faithfull’s presence, whether it is a game at home, or halfway across the country in Arizona, but it is at home where things begin to significantly elevate.
The Phillies are hard enough to deal with in the regular season at Citizen’s Bank Park, but in a playoff environment? Forget about it!
But it isn’t just those droves of fans that help the Phillies home-field advantage, but also it's a park that is almost equally friendly to hitters and pitchers.
Philadelphia is a difficult place to play in because of the duality mentioned, and it could be that duality that helps elevate the Phils.
St. Louis Cardinals
Do not count out the seemingly endless sea of red that will be on display for the St. Louis’ Cardinals, as these fans are easily just as supportive as the Phillies’ fans.
Busch stadium (ranked 25th with a 0.896 park total), however, is more of a pitcher’s park than a hitter’s park and it is this factor that help both teams, yes, but favors the Phillies superior rotation.
Remember, it isn’t what happened in the regular season that matters anymore, but what the greater potential in the postseason is.
Edge: Phillies, slightly.