Imagine traveling back to May 2022 and putting a Mets fan, a Braves fan and a Phillies fan in a room and telling the Phillies fan that they would be the last team in NL East. After the Mets and Braves fans stopped laughing, the Phillies fan would likely take a swing to get their hopes up.
Somehow that’s exactly the situation we’re in this postseason. The Phillies defeated the Braves in the NLDS while the Mets lost to the Padres in the wild card round, leaving Philadelphia as the East’s representative in the NLCS against the Padres.
The Phillies weathered a 10-year playoff drought to get here and they’ve found great success under Rob Thomson. The now full-time manager posted a 65-46 record with the Phillies after Joe Girardi was fired in June, enough to become the No. 6 in the NL. That earned them a date with the Cardinals, who they defeated in two games, and the Braves, who they defeated in four games.
Now they’re in the NLCS with the Padres, other wildcard gate crashers, and for the first time in MLB history, two non-division winners are playing for a World Series seat. Will the Phillies make the World Series for the first time since 2009? Here’s a look at their story with the fall classic as they try to brave the odds this year.
Did the Phillies win the World Series?
In a word: yes.
The Phillies are two-time World Series winners, having taken home the Commissioner’s Trophy twice (though once before it was so called).
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The Phillies won the 1980 World Series behind one of the best seasons in individual Phillies history from Mike Schmidt, who also won World Series MVP as the Phillies defeated the Royals 4-2. They then won again in 2008, defeating the Rays 4-1 with Cole Hamels winning the World Series MVP honors.
They have won the NL pennant a total of seven times.
When was the last time the Phillies reached the World Series?
The last World Series appearance for Philadelphia was in 2009, just a year after they defeated the Rays in 2008.
The year 2008 was marked by the likes of Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Howard’s run was particularly notable as he had 48 home runs and 146 runners that year. The Phillies easily outplayed the Rays in the World Series, and although every game except Game 4 was close, the Phillies were able to hold breaks and win in five games.
They weren’t as lucky in their second leg, losing to the Yankees in six games. The Yankees’ manager at the time was future Phillies manager Girardi.
In 2009, four Phillies hit 30+ homers: Ryan Howard (45), Jayson Werth (36), Raul Ibanez (34), and Chase Utley (31).
The racquets were sensational while JA Happ earned them a sub-three ERA this season. However, in a high-scoring World Series, the Yankees easily beat the Phillies and won in six games behind MVP Hideki Matsui, who had three homers and a 2,000+ OPS.
Phillies World Series appearances
The Phillies have made seven World Series appearances and have a 2-5 record in those appearances.
They won in 1980 and 2008 (Rays) and lost in 1915, 1950, 1983, 1993 and 2009.
Here’s a look at the history of the Phillies World Series.
|1915||Red Sox||Red Socks (4-1)||N / A|
|1950||Yanks||Yankees (4-0)||N / A|
|1980||kings||Philly (4-2)||Mike Schmidt|
|1983||oriole||Orioles (4-1)||Rick Dempsey|
|1993||blue jay||Blue Jay (4-2)||Paul Molitor|
|2008||rays||Phillies (4-1)||Cole Hamels|
|2009||Yanks||Yankees (4-2)||Hideki Matsui|