This is only the 15th (!!!) time in the 140 seasons of existence that the Phillies have made the postseason. Forget everything else and just enjoy the streak being broken … for now. Would ya look at it?!? Just look at it!
Yes, we did miss you October. We missed the ever living heck out of you. Think about that, only 14 times prior has the team given you this feeling. Forget the injury concerns with the bullpen, forget about the potential opponent and if they’ll win, just enjoy it. I’ve written before about how in the past 11 years that I’ve missed the playoff hoodies, the bunting flags surrounding a field and the painted on MLB Playoffs logo near the dugout and I don’t care if it’ll be on the field in St. Louis or New York (more on that in a bit).
Aaron Nola was phenomenal last night in the biggest spot on the mound of his Phillies career. It was actually October Nola, not September Nola that came through for his teammates. The guy had a great September, let’s hope that narrative (which was accurate) can be laid to rest now. Nola will be on pace to start game 2 of the Wild Card on Saturday. Zach Wheeler will be pitching game one. The team was ecstatic last night in the clubhouse and rightfully so.
Think about all the Phillies players that have never even made the postseason in their careers. Jean Segura for instance had the longest active streak in MLB without ever making a playoff appearance. You know the guys are excited for him to get that monkey off his back. JT Realmuto, an 11 year pro has now reached the postseason as well, he was 2nd on the list behind Segura! Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Brandon Marsh, Ranger Suarez & Zach Wheeler and plenty others have now experienced what it takes to get there (thank you third wild card spot). Even a guy like Bryce Harper has been in the playoffs before had his former team, the Washington Nationals win the World Series in his first season in Philadelphia.
Kyle Schwarber hit his 45th and 46th HR’s of the season to secure the birth. Just enjoy this Schwar-bomb. His 46 HRs for the Phillies would come in 6th all-time in a Phillies history for HRs in a season.
In the 1st possible playoff-clinching game the Phillies have had since 2011, Kyle Schwarber sends the first pitch of the game into the Houston night— Nick Piccone (@_piccone) October 4, 2022
Here's Scott Franzke on the call pic.twitter.com/MfZ6aQtY7W
Here’s the list for most home-runs in a Phillies season…
- Ryan Howard: 58 Home Runs in 2006
- Mike Schmidt: 48 Home Runs in 1980
- Ryan Howard: 48 Home Runs in 2008
- Jim Thome: 47 Home Runs in 2003
- Ryan Howard: 47 Home Runs in 2007
Schwarber still has a chance to move into a tie for 4th/5th if he can get 47 before the end of the year. But my gut says the lineups the next two nights might look a little different but you still want your guys seeing some pitches before Friday nights Game 1. Will that game be in St. Louis or New York? Well, we’ve got to follow the Padres to find out that answer.
As always, Go Phils. Enjoy this ride.