The Philadelphia Phillies got a taste of poetic justice on Saturday night with their 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
That win put them in the NLDS for the first time since 2011 and sent the Cardinals home.
But back in 2011, the Phillies met these same Cardinals in that NLDS.
The Phillies had the best record in all of baseball and were hosting a team that had come back from 10.5 games in the Wild Card race to reach the playoffs.
We all know how it ended, with Chris Carpenter shutting the Phils out in Game 5 and sending St. Louis to the NLCS.
That ended an era for the Phillies.
11 years after the Cardinals brought an end to the greatest era of Phillies’ baseball with a shutout, the Phillies shut the Cardinals out, ending the careers of Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina.
Kind of crazy.
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) October 9, 2022
A Change Of Fortunes
It’s pretty crazy when you think about it.
The Cardinals were the underdog back in 2011.
The odds were stacked way against them.
But they ended up overcoming the odds to knock out the Phillies and end a great era in Philadelphia.
Now, the Phillies have returned the favor and have ended an era in St. Louis.
This time, the Phillies were the underdog, having won just 87 games during the regular season, compared to the 93 that the Cardinals won.
These Phillies have similar vibes to that 2011 Cardinals team that ended up winning it all.
It’s a team that overcame the odds to get into the postseason and that knocked out a team that was heavily favored to win the series.
It’s a team that is still looking like the underdog.
Now, they’ll face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, which begins on Tuesday at Truist Park.