Since there seems little else to talk about now except playoffs and there are still a couple of hours before game one against the Giants begins, I thought I'd throw these facts and figures out there just to remind us of how much playoff baseball we've witnessed in the last three years. A lot has been made this week about the playoff experience of the Phillies' core five - Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Victorino - with Werth also involved in almost as many playoff games as the other five. If you throw in the pitchers who've been part of the team every year since 2007 - Hamels, Madson, Romero, and Kendrick (I know, Kendrick was only on the postseason roster in 2007 and Madson didn't pitch in 2007 and Romero didn't pitch in 2009, but they were all part of the team at some point all four years) and you have a level of continuity that few clubs have any more.
But what about the playoff games and series?
First, the overall record from 2007-2010 is 23-12. Home: 14-5 Away: 9-7. More specifically, this is how the totals were reached.
2007 Home: 0-2 Away: 0-1 Overall: 0-3
2008: Home: 7-0 Away: 4-3 Overall: 11-3
2009: Home: 5-3 Away: 4-3 Overall: 9-6
2010: Home: 2-0 Away: 1-0 Overall: 3-0
Streaks: Won 8 straight home games until game 2 loss vs. Rockies, 2009.
Went 19-5 overall from start of 2008 through game 1 victory in 2009 World Series.
Two three-game losing streaks: 2007, games 1-3 vs. Rockies.
2009, games 2-4 vs. Yankees.
Let the NLCS games begin.