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Red October has swept through Philadelphia once again. The Philadelphia Phillies shut down the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in four games, and they’ll now look toward the Arizona Diamondbacks on the schedule in the NLCS.

Red-Hot Phillies

Dave Dombrowski built the Phillies for the postseason. Whether you liked hearing that every time the team slumped this summer or not, you certainly know it’s true now.

The Phillies have Atlanta’s number. Their victory in the NLDS was the first time a team beat the same opponent in a postseason series in consecutive years after finishing 10 or more games behind that opponent in the regular-season standings both times (per ESPN). That doesn’t happen without the clutch gene.

Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola led the charge for a pitching staff that held one of the best offenses in major league history to eight runs in four games and three runs in three victories. Nick Castellanos brought the swagger with four home runs in the final two games. Bryce Harper is the ultimate Philadelphia sports superstar.

The Phillies are officially rolling on all cylinders. The outrageous atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park during Red October has quickly become the talk of the MLB Playoffs.

Upstart Diamondbacks

Arizona stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers in an easy three-game sweep in the NLDS. They jumped on Clayton Kershaw with a 6-0 lead in the 1st inning of Game 1, chasing the future Hall of Famer after just ⅓ of an inning.

Zac Gallen, a native of Somerdale, NJ, and Merrill Kelly make up a strong 1-2 punch. They will rival Wheeler and Nola at the top of their rotation.

Corbin Carroll led the way offensively for the Diamondbacks during the regular season, pacing the team with an .868 OPS while Christian Walker belted 33 home runs.

Phillies-Diamondbacks NLCS Schedule

  • National League Championship Series Game 1

    Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies

    Monday, October 16
    Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
    8:07 PM on TBS

    Zack Wheeler is fresh and ready to go. According to Jayson Stark, he has the best Game 1 ERA in playoff history among qualified pitchers. He has pitched 20 innings and allowed one earned run for a 0.45 ERA.

  • National League Championship Series Game 2

    The 2023 NLCS between the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks will take place at Citizens Bank Park for four of the seven games.

    Tuesday, October 17
    Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
    8:07 PM on TBS

    The Phillies own the best home field advantage in Major League Baseball. Current Phillies, former Phillies, opposing players, opposing managers, and media members have constantly talked about the crowd as an x-factor. The Phillies will play the first two games at Citizens Bank Park as the higher seed.

  • National League Championship Series Game 3

    Trea Turner and Corbin Carroll

    Thursday, October 19
    Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
    5:07 PM on TBS

    The Diamondbacks finished 43-38 at Chase Field during the 2023 regular season. They defeated the Dodgers in the Game 3 NLDS clincher, their only home game of the postseason. The Phillies lost three of four games in Phoenix in a June series.

  • National League Championship Series Game 4

    Jose Alvarado, Philadelphia Phillies

    Friday, October 20
    Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
    8:07 PM on TBS

    Wheeler, Nola, and Ranger Suarez are the only three pitchers on the staff to start during the postseason. Unless Thomson makes the unlikely decision to start Wheeler on three days rest, he will need to choose his fourth option. Taijuan Walker, Christopher Sanchez, and Michael Lorenzen will be available. A short outing from a starter and reliance on the bullpen would be the likeliest option.

  • National League Championship Series Game 5 (If Necessary)

    Bryce Harper, who will lead the Philadelphia Phillies into the NL Wild Card Series

    Saturday, October 21
    Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
    8:07 PM on TBS

    The Phillies have reached the World Series three times during the 21st century. All three NLCS clinchers have come in Game 5. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and 2009 and the San Diego Padres in 2022.

  • National League Championship Series Game 6 (If Necessary)

    Philadelphia Phillies Fans Cheering on Aaron Nola

    Monday, October 23
    Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
    5:07 PM on TBS

    If the pitching matchups align as expected, Aaron Nola could get take the ball at Citizens Bank Park for Game 6 with his Philadelphia legacy on the line. Could he come up with the type of performance Phillies fans have always wanted from him? He’s been excellent with a 1.42 ERA in two playoffs starts.

  • National League Championship Series Game 7 (If Necessary)

    Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

    Tuesday, October 24
    Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
    8:07 PM on TBS

    A do-or-die situation with a trip to the World Series on the line might cause some panic attacks in Philadelphia. The Phillies have surprisingly never played in a Game 7 in their 140-year history.

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