Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/5/11
The Phillies entered this years playoffs as the strong favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. But as good as the Phillies are, most everyone acknowledged their opening round opponent, the red-hot St Louis Cardinals, would be a very tough out.  The Cardinals played incredible baseball down the stretch to even reach the playoffs. They were 10 1/2 games out of the wildcard spot on August 25th, but secured a place in the postseason with a win on the last day. St Louis had essentially been in playoff mode for a month, and had been winning most of their games. (A 10-20 collapse by the Braves helped also, but nevertheless ....) In Game 1 of the series, the Phillies cruised behind their ace Roy Halladay, and were powered by a 3-run, go ahead home run from slugger Ryan Howard, en route to an 11-6 win. In Game 2, the Phils held a 4-0 lead into the 7th, with their 1A ace on the mound Cliff Lee. Lee had been an astounding 94-1 when staked to a 4 run lead in a game. (87-1
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