Red October: Phillies Playoff Bracket and key stats against the St. Louis Cardinals
The MLB Wild Card playoff matchups are officially set. Following the Philadelphia Phillies (hungover) 10-0 loss to the Houston Astros, the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants to lock in the National League Playoff seedings.
The Philadelphia Phillies are officially the 6th seed, finishing the season with an 87-74 record with the Padres locking in the 5th seed at 89-72.
Honestly, there’s no reason to NOT like the playoff seeding for the Phillies. They will now face the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card round instead of the New York Mets.
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Looking ahead, that means the winner of Phillies-Cardinals will face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, completely avoiding the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will face the winner of the Mets-Padres Wild Card series.
Phillies Postseason Bracket, 2022 MLB Playoffs
Times for Game 1 and 2
On the season, the Phillies went 4-3 against the Cardinals. Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola have both dominated Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The two MVP candidates for the Cardinals are a combined 16-for-72 (.222) against Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola with no home runs and 14 strikeouts.
Zack Wheeler pitched 14 scoreless innings against St. Louis this season and has allowed the Cardinals to score just one run over his last 22 innings with a 0.68 WHIP.
The Cardinals aren’t exactly coasting into the playoffs, either.
St. Louis is just 6-8 over their last 14 games and have scored two runs or fewer nine times during that span.
Look, the script pretty much writes itself at this point. The last time the Phillies were in the playoffs was October 2011 when they got knocked out by the Cardinals, a team that had three players that are still on the roster today.
Adam Wainwright, who will likely pitch Friday or Saturday, catcher Yadier Molina, and Albert Pujols were all members of the Cardinals team that defeated the Phillies in the 2011 NLDS.
Sometimes, revenge is best served 11 years later.
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