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Well, last night certainly did not go as planned for the Phillies.
After bringing a 3-2 lead in the NLCS back to Philadelphia for Game 6 and Game 7, the Arizona Diamondbacks managed to win the last two games of the series to stun Philadelphia and sold out crowds at Citizens Bank Park on back-to-back nights.
I’m not going to sit here and rank the worst all-time loses in Philadelphia sports history like every other website on the internet this morning. The Phillies just gave this series away in Game 3 and Game 4 and then followed up by score one run in Game 6 and two runs last night in Game 7, both of which were obviously perfect opportunities to clinch and advance to the World Series.
Phillies NLCS Notes:
- 2-0 series lead heading to Arizona (W,W)
- 1-0 lead in 7th inning of Game 3 (L)
- 5-2 lead in 7th inning of Game 4 (L)
- Bounce back Game 5 (W)
- Score 1 run in Game 6 at CBP (L)
- 1-for-10 with RISP in Game 7 at CBP (L)
The Massive Highs and Crushing Lows of Baseball
Pretty miserable right? Okay good. Glad we’re on the same page.
That’s simply what being a sports fan consists of in the city of Philadelphia. We all endure the massive highs and crushing lows of fandom together. Mad, sad, disappointed right now? Trust me. I am too.
But if we’re being totally honest with ourselves, what happened over really, the final five games of the NLCS against the Arizona Diamondbacks was basically what we have seen from this Phillies team throughout the year.
Inconsistencies at the plate that we had witnessed throughout the regular season returned over the past week. Just when you thought we conquered those demons in the always magical month of October, they remerged over the final five games of the NLCS to put the final nail in the coffin of the 2023 Phillies season.
The Phillies caught fire in late September and while the entire city of Philadelphia hoped it would continue until the World Series, the flames disappeared following the first two games of the NLCS.
They took a 2-0 lead and were in full command to repeat as National League Champions. When the Phillies arrived in Arizona, they were met with two late-inning collapses in Game 3 and Game 4 (shoutout Craig Kimbrel) to even give the Diamondbacks a sense of hope.
After winning Game 5, the Phillies had not one, but two chances to beat an 84-win team in the Arizona Diamondbacks at home to win their second consecutive National League Pennant.
Unfortunately, the Phillies were dead on arrival as they returned home to Citizens Bank Park for Game 6 and Game 7 of the NLCS. Nick Castellanos went 0-23 with 11 strikeouts after hitting a home run off Zac Gallen in Game 1 of the NLCS. Bryce Harper and Trea Turner combined to go 4-for-35 after Game 2 of the NLCS.
Kyle Schwarber, who actually turned things around after looking totally lost at the plate in the Wild Card and NLDS, was the Phillies’ only option at the plate over the past few games and the D-Backs responded by throwing him absolute garbage. Alec Bohm was miserable in Arizona before finally waking up when it was too late in Game 7.
In the deciding Game 7 last night, the Phillies were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, an inconsistency that haunted them throughout the 2023 season. Point being, they had every opportunity to go to the World Series for the second straight year and simply could not make it happen.
So that’s it. I really don’t know what else to write about the morning after a Game 7 loss in the NLCS. If you want to start looking ahead, he’s a way too early, brief offseason checklist for the Phillies.
Phillies Early Offseason Checklist
- Aaron Nola Free Agency
- Rhys Hoskins Free Agency
- Bryce Harper: First Base or Outfield?
- Zack Wheeler Contract Extension
- Phillies Buyers or Sellers?
Personal Note: Thank You
I absolutely love baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies.
We didn’t get the storybook ending this season and obviously, given the circumstances, losing in the NLCS, one win away from the Fall Classic after being so dominant until the final games against the D-Backs is one that will definitely hurt for the foreseeable future.
I would still like to thank everyone who joined me on another postseason run and those who battled the Dog Days of Summer with me here on The Liberty Line.
All I have ever wanted to was to write and talk shit about Philadelphia Phillies baseball and over the past 7 months, this website has not only given me an outlet to do so, but also for more than ONE MILLION of you who read and comment (good and bad) on everything I’ve written since Opening Day.
There have been 1.2 MILLION unique visitors that have clicked on Phillies articles specifically since April 1, 2023. That’s a number that I never thought was possible when I started this website 3 years ago.
That being said, on a rare occasion that I’m being 100 percent serious, I just want to say thank you.
We’ll get em in 2024. Until then, cheers and Go Birds.