PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies made quick, historic work of the Cincinnati Reds to improve TBS' ratings for the rest of the Division Series.Because the Phils will now do like the rest of the nation: Unwind, lean back and watch the rest of the other NL Division Series, to learn who will be their opposition in the NL Championship Series that begins Saturday night in Citizens Bank Park. It will be either the Giants, who lead that series 2-1 after their ninth-inning comeback on Sunday, or, if they fully recover from that Game 3 stunner, the Braves. The Phillies have other things on their minds -- and in their wet hairs -- than looking forward to the next level with preference. Yet the Phillies recognized a significant difference between their two potential Championship Series opponents: familiarity. Typically, the Phillies play the West Division's Giants a half-dozen times.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.