The Phillies Win the Pennant

In the end, there wasn't all that much drama, as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 5-1 to win the pennant and advance to their first World Series since 1993. Cole Hamels won the MVP, and deservedly so, as he pitched a total of 14 innings, allowing just three runs. With the Series not starting until Wednesday, he'll have plenty of rest before starting the Game 1.

Chase Utley was probably Philadelphia's best position player over the five games, as he went 6/17 with six walks, two doubles, and a memorable homer in the sixth inning of Game 1 that tied the score at two. He also made numerous tough plays at second, as his reputation may finally be catching up with his immense defensive value. Ryan Howard sort of broke out of his slump, but all three of his hits were singles, and he still hasn't homered since September 26.

The Phillies now have six days to rest up and wait to see who their opponent will be. They're probably rooting for the ALCS to go seven, and for the winner to not have time to set its rotation, although the AL champ will have a minimum of two days off. The Rays would likely be a more difficult opponent, as they're hitting on all cylinders right now while Boston is struggling with various injuries to key components. But for now Philadelphia can celebrate as they aim for their first championship in 28 years.

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