The Phillies have overcome historic hurdles all year


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Prior to the start of the 2022 MLB season, very few people actually believed the Philadelphia Phillies were capable of reaching the World Series.

When discussing elite National League teams, analysts mentioned the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and even the San Diego Padres before even thinking of the Phillies.

Even the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers had a better chance of making it to the Fall Classic.

But some things are very hard to predict, and one of them is postseason baseball.

The Phillies barely made the playoffs with 87 wins, but here they are, having beaten the Cardinals, Braves and Padres in back-to-back series to reach the World Series.

The Phillies were successful in postseason baseball

Playoff baseball is different: sample size noise is amplified, relievers become much larger, and mistakes are paid dearly.

The Phillies bullpen has reacted, the offense looks explosive and the vibes are special.

Much like the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, the Phillies have been underdogs all year.

“How breathtaking #Phillies World Series Race, by @betonline_ag? They were 28/1 underdogs to win the World Series on opening day. They were 35/1 underdogs on July 1. They were 45/1 underdogs on August 1. They were 28/1 underdogs on September 1. They are now 6/1 underdogs to win the WS,” tweeted MLB insider Bob Nightengale. .

They were 22-29 at one point and had to change managers to get on the right track: Rob Thomson took over in early June and Philadelphia began to thrive.

They were 45/1 underdogs at one point this summer, but here they are, with odds of 6/1 to win it all.

Baseball is full of surprises, chapter one million.




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