Another postseason series, another Game 1 victory for the Philadelphia Phillies. It's becoming old hat by now, but the Fightins have a knack for getting off on the right foot in the MLB playoffs.
After winning Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last night, the Phillies have now won all seven of their Game 1s over the last two postseasons. This dates back to last October when they won Game 1 of their Wild Card Series in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Over this stretch, they've repeated the winning formula against the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros last year before doing it to The Miami Marlins and the Braves again this year.
This time, it was the Arizona Diamondbacks who found themselves behind the eight-ball from the jump when Kyle Schwarber unleashed a bomb on Zac Gallen's first pitch of the game. Now, the Diamondbacks are in an early hole in an NLCS matchup that most people weren't giving them a chance to win from the start.
Phillies set MLB playoff record with NLCS Game 1 win
The Phillies turn it up a notch, or two ... or 10 in the postseason, and their success over the last two years proves they have the team DNA to win playoff baseball. And playing their home games at Citizens Bank Park doesn't hurt.
With the Game 1 win last night, the Phillies are in record-setting territory. Besides winning seven straight Game 1s, they've also won 10 consecutive home games against National League opponents in the playoffs.
This 10-game winning streak has propelled them past the 2004-05 Cardinals for the "most consecutive home playoff victories against a team's own league in MLB history," per ESPN Stats & Info.
It's a prestigious mark, but one the Phillies aren't concerned with at the moment. They have bigger fish to fry, or rather, snakes to skin. They still have to win three more against the pesky Diamondbacks to get to their final goal of the World Series.
They'll get a chance to push the streak to 11 games tonight when they take on Merrill Kelly and Arizona in Game 2 of the NLCS.