The Philadelphia Phillies took care of business in front of their home fans in the National League Wild Card Series, beating the Miami Marlins 4-1 and 7-1 to send their divisional foes back to Florida.
There's no question this series sweep was a full team effort. Second baseman Bryson Stott deserves a ton of credit for kicking the crowd noise to a whole new level in Game 2 with his first career grand slam, bat spike included. Shortstop Trea Turner finally got a taste of what it's like to play for the Phillies in the postseason, and he didn't disappoint, going 4-for-7 with two stolen bases in the series.
The best backup catcher in baseball, Garrett Stubbs, even deserves credit for keeping the vibes at an all-time high without even seeing the field. And let's not forget about the Phillies' unofficial 27th roster spot — the home crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
While it's true that everyone on the team and in the stadium contributed to the series win, there were a few standouts among the roster who deserve the most praise for helping the squad get to the National League Division Series for the second straight year.
In Game 1, Zack Wheeler took the mound for the Phillies and immediately felt the support of the home crowd:
The 33-year-old right-hander did his job. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run and five hits to go along with eight strikeouts on 100 pitches. Of the 24 batters he faced, 19 saw first-pitch strikes.
Oh, and after throwing 192 innings in the regular season, it was fair to wonder if he would be feeling the effects of a long campaign. It didn't take long for him to put those concerns to bed, somehow finding extra velocity during his biggest start of the year:
Wheeler is projected to pitch in Game 2 against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.