Phillies eye chance for repeat Series trip
Defending champs show resilience with Game 3 blowout
PHILADELPHIA -- It has been more than 30 years since a National League team has repeated as World Series champions and many of the current Phillies aren't old enough to have memories of the Big Red Machine that manufactured this accomplishment in Cincinnati.
|2009||NLCS 3||PHI 11, LAD 0||11|
|2008||WS 4||PHI 10, TB 2||8|
|1978||NLCS 3||PHI 9, LAD 4||5|
|1983||NLCS 3||PHI 7, LAD 2||5|
|1983||NLCS 4||PHI 7, LAD 2||5|
"We don't get too high and we don't get too low, and if we get knocked down we can get back up, and we try to keep a level head," Manuel said. "That's kind of who we are."
"I think on the flight back [to Philadelphia] everybody was focused on turning the page," Werth said. "We knew that we had done the job."While splitting the first two games in Los Angeles, the Phillies had proven capable of completing the task of returning to Philadelphia for the middle three games of this series with home-field advantage. This was the same thing they had done before returning home to win last year's World Series in five games. "The biggest thing is we love to play baseball," Manuel said. "That's a tribute to our team. That's a tribute to our guys and their attitude and the chemistry and things and kind of how they look at the game. That's very good." Now that they have taken two of the first three games in this best-of-seven series, the Phillies have the opportunity to feel confident about their hopes of defending their NL pennant. In the history of the NLCS, 20 of the past 29 teams that have held a 2-1 series advantage have advanced to the World Series. In some ways, history could also benefit the Dodgers, who came back from 2-1 deficits to win the NLCS in 1981 and '88.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.