The Phillies are determined to go one step further than last year's surprise trip to the World Series, by winning it all this time around. And so far, they're off to a great start.
First, the Phillies took care of business at home versus an overwhelmed Marlins team. Next, they went into Atlanta on Saturday and won Game 1 of the NLDS 3-0.
Given the playoff experience they gained last season, the Phillies may now feel like they are in control of the series with their divisional rivals. Here are three reasons why they could conceivably end up sweeping the Braves.
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No fear on the road
If you just focus on the basics, the Phillies winning Game 1 in Atlanta was a surprise to some. The Braves had the best record in the majors this season and were one win away from the most wins at home, while the Phillies were essentially .500 on the road, with a 41-40 record.
However, delve a little deeper and any surprise is replaced by a realization the Phillies just know how to handle the hostile atmosphere inside Truist Park. This season, the Phillies went 4-3 versus the Braves in Atlanta.
In addition — and more importantly — they've been here before. At the very same stage last year, the Phillies split the first two games in Atlanta and finished the job at home to advance to the NLCS.
In terms of actually getting a potential sweep, we also go back to last year's NLDS between the NL East rivals. After stealing homefield advantage from the Braves, the Phillies won both games back at Citizens Bank Park, to win the series 3-1.
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