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The Task Ahead for the Cincinnati Reds: Sweep Hamels, Halladay, and Oswalt

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Down 2 games to 0, the task ahead for the Cincinnati Reds is a monumental one:  they have to sweep the next three games.  Ordinarily, that's a difficult task, one that has happened only four times in an LDS in the Wild Card era (and never by an NL team). 

But the Reds have to sweep the next three games against Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt.

Not only did this combination of starters produce an absurd combined pitching line this year, but losing back-to-back-to-back games started by these three starters is something the Phillies never did once the three-headed monster was brought together.

The worst the Phillies did with those three starters' starts is lose two of them in a row.  Even that they did only twice all season, once in the infamous Houston four-game sweep and once in Oswalt and Hamels' last two starts of the season (and that's only if you count Hamels' last start as a start, given that it was a two-inning tuneup on the last day of the season).

On the other hand, from September 1 through September 22, the Phillies won 13 Halladay/Hamels/Oswalt starts in a row.

In other words, not only are the odds stacked against the Reds, but they're going to have to do something that would be a first all season long - sweep the big three.