I feel nothing but dread around this game. It should never have gotten this far. I look at the results of the last 6 games, the series stats for both teams and everything says that the Phillies should have had this wrapped up by game 5, or even earlier, but the pen, which has been mostly very good, collapsed at the wrong time in game 5.
Now we're staring at elimination. The first game 7 in franchise history, and as far as I can tell only the third winner takes all game, having lost games 5 in 1981 to Montreal and 2011 to St. Louis.
Bryce came to todays game in a Sixers jersey. The Sixers themselves are well aware of how to lose game 7, having done it 3 times in the last few years, in painful fashion each time.
On paper the Phillies are the better team. We have a deeper lineup, we have the better starting pitcher, we have a better, and more rested bull pen. But the Royals swept the Astros in 3 games in Houston near the end of the season when the Astros were trying to win the division, and for one week in 2010 Cody Ross looked like Babe Ruth, so being the better team on paper doesn't really matter in the shortest possible sample size.
There is nothing but bad vibes and juju surrounding this game.
Edit: I didnt realise the NLCS used to be a best of 5, so the 1980 NLCS is the one time the Phillies have won a winner takes all game.