Well, as much fun as it would have been for a NL East matchup, it looks like the Philadelphia Phillies will play the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLCS. The Giants 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night helped them clinch the series 3-1 and puts them in their first NL Championship Series since 2002.
Cody Ross led the way for the Giants as he finished 2 of 3 with two RBI—including a clutch solo home run in the sixth inning. With San Francisco down 1-0, Ross hit a blast off Derek Lowe which seemed to fire up his teammates for another late rally against Atlanta.
The Phillies will host the Giants at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday and Sunday before heading to San Francisco for Game 3 on Tuesday. Expect an intense Game 1 matchup as Roy Halladay—who pitched just the second no-hitter in postseason history during Game 1 against the Reds in the NLCS—faces off against Tim Lincecum. In Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, Lincecum allowed just two-hit shutout while throwing 14 strikeouts.