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Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies' 3 aces will blunt the Cincinnati Reds' power in NLDS

Roy Halladay

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Cincinnati Reds
1st, NL Central (91-71)
Most recent postseason: Swept by Atlanta, 1995 NLCS

vs. Philadelphia Phillies
1st, NL East (97-65)
Most recent postseason: Lost to Yankees 4-2, 2009 World Series

The Reds’ first playoff appearance in 15 years will be an uphill battle against the Phillies, the class of the National League. The best-of-five-games series format spread out over eight days enables teams to utilize three starting pitchers on full rest, eliminating Philadelphia’s biggest weakness — a lack of back-end starting pitching. Although both ballparks play well to Cincy’s strength (an NL-leading 188 home runs, including 37 courtesy of first-baseman Joey Votto), look for the Phillies to prevail on the dominance of their three ace starters: Roy Halladay (2.44 ERA), Roy Oswalt (2.76 ERA) and Cole Hamels (3.06 ERA).
Phillies in 4

NLDS: Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia
Game 1: Today, Cincinnati (RHP Edinson Volquez, 4-3, 4.31) at Philadelphia (RHP Roy Halladay, 21-10, 2.44), 5 p.m. TBS
Game 2: Fri., Cincinnati (RHP Bronson Arroyo, 17-10, 3.88) at Philadelphia (RHP Roy Oswalt, 13-13, 2.76), 6 p.m. TBS
Game 3: Sun., Philadelphia (LHP Cole Hamels, 12-11, 3.06) at Cincinnati (RHP Johnny Cueto, 12-7, 3.64), 7 p.m. TNT
Game 4: Mon., Philadelphia (TBA) at Cincinnati (TBA), ?5 p.m.* TBS
Game 5: Wed., Cincinnati (TBA) at Philadelphia (TBA), 6 p.m.* TBS
* if necessary

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