2022 NLCS Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres

The final two teams in the National League postseason bracket are the two most improbable, the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Diego Padres. The last two teams in —the Phillies and Padres were the two National League Wild Card representatives— are the last two teams standing.

This marks the first time in modern National League Championship Series history that no division winner and two sub 90-win teams will play for the pennant.

Path to the Pennant

The Phillies swept the NL Central division champion St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card Series. The Fightin’s followed with a dominate 3-1 division series win over the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves.

Not to be outdone, the Padres eliminated two 100-win teams on their path to the NLCS. The Friars knocked out the New York Mets 2-1 in the NLWCS and the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the NLDS.

Storylines to Watch

  • 2019 Free Agency Class Head-to-Head: Bryce Harper vs Manny Machado
  • Bryce Harper vs Blake Snell
  • Brother vs Brother: Phillies’ SP Aaron Nola vs Padres’ C Austin Nola
  • Phillies first NLCS appearance since 2010
  • Padres first NLCS appearance since 1998
  • Battle of the ‘Pens: Phillies Bullpen vs Padres Bullpen
  • The Phillies rotation after Wheeler and Nola
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Noah Syndergaard to Start NLDS Game 4

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson announced Noah Syndergaard as the teams starter for NLDS Game 4 on Saturday.

Syndergaard has started four postseason games in his career with a 2-1 record in those starts. All of Syndergaard’s postseason starts came in 2015-2016 as a member of the New York Mets.

Thomson declined to answer any questions about how Syndergaard will be used in Game 4. Started Bailey Falter and Kyle Gibson are also on the NLDS roster.

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Phillies-Braves Set for 1st Postseason Series Since ‘93. Here’s What We Know!

After defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, the Philadelphia Phillies are set to take on the NL East Champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The NLDS marks the first time the NL East rivals will meet in postseason play since 1993.

Here’s what we know so far:

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Game 160 Preview: The Houston Hangover Game

The Philadelphia Phillies (87-73) partied hard following Monday night’s 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros (104-56). The win ended the Fightin’s 11-years of futility and propelled them into the postseason.

Somehow, if they have enough sober players, the Phils will have to take the field for game two of a three-game set in “Space City.”

First pitch is set for 8:10 PM/Eastern from Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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Game 159 Preview: Win and In for the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies (86-73) take on the Houston Astros (104-55) in the first of a three-game set in the Space City. It begins the final series of the season and marks the Phillies-Astros first matchup of the season.

The Phillies will make the postseason for the first time in 11-seasons with a win over Houston or a Milwaukee Brewers loss.

First pitch is set for 8:10 PM/Eastern from Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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