Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reds at Phillies: October 6th through October 8th

NLDS Games 1 & 2
Wednesday 5:07 & Friday 6:07

How they got here: Reds, NL Central Champions; Phillies, NL East Champions

Reds Postseason Appearances: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1995, 2010

Phillies Postseason Appearances: 1915, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
1976 Topps #407

This is the second time these teams have met in Postseason play, with the Reds sweeping the Phils, 3-0, in the 1976 NLCS.  The '76 Reds would go on to sweep the Yankees in the World Series, 4-0, as the Big Red Machine won their second straight title.

When Roy Halladay throws his first pitch on Wednesday afternoon, it will be the first pitch thrown by a Phillies' pitcher to a Reds' batter in the play-offs since Tom Underwood allowed a ninth inning single to Ken Griffey back on October 12, 1976.  Griffey's single scored Davey Concepcion from third and capped a 3-run inning by the Reds, sending them to a 7-6 victory.  The bottom of the 9th had started with the Phils holding a 6-4 lead.  However, Ron Reed allowed back-to-back home runs to George Foster and Johnny Bench to allow the Reds to tie the game.

Prediction: Phillies in 3. (This is The Phillies Room, after all.  What did you expect?)

Reds Probables: Edison Volquez, Bronson Arroyo
Phillies Probables: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt


Dan said...

It's starting and I'm still at work! I hate the West Coast sometimes. Do you know where the video feed online is?

Also, you forgot the 1981 Division Series appearance by the Phillies in the postseason list (does it count?)

Jim said...

I hope you got to see it!

Totally forgot about the '81 NLDS. I'm going to add it to the list.