Phillies roll into NLCS like a well-oiled machine

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Three wins, two shutouts and one well-deserving trip to the National League Championship Series.

They are your 2010 Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies completed their sweep of the Reds on Sunday night, as Cole Hamels threw the second shutout of the series (Roy Halladay’s lackluster peformance in Game 1 was the other shutout). Hamels scattered five hits and walked none as Philly was able to rest its bullpen for the NLCS, which will start on Saturday, October 16.

Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto and the bullpen kept their club in the ballgame by limiting the Phillies to only two runs, but Cincinnati’s bats never came around. They scratched together four runs in Game 2, but that was their total for the entire series.

The Phillies now await the winner between the Giants and Braves and if Game 4 will be anything like the first three games of that NLDS series, then that puppy is probably going five.

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