The N.L. East Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies will take the best record in MLB and battle the N.L. Wild Card St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
2011 records: Philadelphia 102-60, St. Louis 90-72
2011 season series: St. Louis won, 6-3
Runs: PHI ranks 13th in MLB, STL ranks fifth. Advantage: Even
Batting average: PHI ranks 16th, STL comes in at fifth. Advantage: STL
On base %: PHI comes in at 11th in MLB while STL checks in at No. 3. Advantage: STL
Slugging %: PHI checks in at No. 17 while STL ranked sixth. Advantage: STL
Team ERA: PHI ranks first while STL checks in at No. 12. Advantage: PHI
Intangibles: The Phillies haven’t had to play an impactful game (as far their status) in a long time while St. Louis had to claw their way into the post season. The Cardinals have the better offense but the Phillies have the best rotation in MLB and have home field advantage. Advantage: PHI
Prediction: PHI in five games.