The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 in game five of the NLCS to win the NL Pennant and they will play the winner of the ALCS (Yankees up 3-1) in the World Series.
If the Yankees are the team that eventually goes on to play them they’ll have their hands quite full. The Phillies won the championship last season and are probably even better this season especially now that Brad Lidge seems to have figured out how to pitch again.
Lidge is not the scary part of that team though. Ryan Howard, who by the way ended his post season RBI streak at eight, is probably their most lethal weapon. If it were Howard alone that would be scary enough, but when you take into consideration that they also have Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Raul Ibanez makes them the toughest lineup in the NL.
Those players alone could probably give you one nasty World Series contender, but throw two of the top lefties in the game in there, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, and they have a 1-2 combination that could be the best in baseball and they certainly have the fire power to win back-to-back.
So basically, even if the Yankees beat the Angels, which is certainly not guaranteed and no easy task, they still have their work cut out for them.