4 keys for the Philadelphia Phillies to clinch the NLCS in Game 6

What do the Phillies need to do in Game 6 to put an end to the Diamondbacks' World Series aspirations?
The Phillies can clinch the NLCS in Game 6 tonight, Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks
The Phillies can clinch the NLCS in Game 6 tonight, Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Maintain the home run onslaught

The Phillies have been a home run-hitting machine throughout the 2023 playoffs, and it has certainly been no different during the NLCS against the Diamondbacks. So far, they have hit a total of 10 home runs in just five games, with veteran Kyle Schwarber leading the way with a whopping five homers in five games for the Phillies.

In comparison, the Diamondbacks have tallied only three round-trippers thus far in the series and have relied mainly on fortunate comebacks for their victories. So, if the Phillies can maintain their onslaught, they can power their way to the World Series without a sweat.

Keep using speed to throw off the Diamondbacks

Finally, for the element of the game that may typically be underestimated but could ultimately be the difference maker, the Phillies need to continue to use their speed to their advantage to "run" their way to victory.

Earlier on in the playoffs, they set the team postseason record with steals in a single game with five. In the current series, they may not be stealing five bases per game, but they have already stolen six bases in five games, including a surprising steal of home by superstar Bryce Harper as part of a double steal in Game 5 that set the tone for their eventual win.

With the Diamondbacks’ pitchers now all focused on the Phillies’ potential home run ability, the Phillies could surprise them once again by using this alternative aspect of the game to literally steal a victory from the Diamondbacks and put an end to Arizona's journey to the World Series.

If the Phillies can focus on these critical aspects and get the job done, we will officially see our favorite team make the championship finals for a second consecutive season.