Phillies will mix up their starting rotation for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series
Following tonight’s 5-2 loss in Game 2 of the World Series, Phillies manager Rob Thomson gave us an update on the starting rotation for Games 3 and 4.
Noah Syndergaard will start Game 3 on Monday, with Ranger Suarez set to get the ball on Tuesday (Game 4). Aaron Nola will throw Game 5 on Wednesday, followed by Wheeler for Game 6 back in Houston (if necessary).
The decision to move up Syndergaard in the rotation is a smart one, especially after Ranger Suarez threw two-thirds of an inning (11 pitches) in Game 1. The move paid off for Thomson and the Phillies, as Ranger Suarez got two huge outs…the third out of the 7th inning, striking out Yordan Alvarez, and the first out of the 8th inning, grounding out to the pitcher.
Ranger Suarez: Calm, Cool, and Collected
Syndergaard’s last playoff start was against the Atlanta Braves, where he went three innings of just one run ball, allowing one hit and striking out three. Thomson’s plan back vs. Atlanta was to run Syndergaard one time through the order, but if Noah seems to be on a roll, there’s no reason to lift him early. With Sunday being an off day, the Phillies’ bullpen will be fully healthy if needed.
1-1 Series. Back to Philly for 3 Games. RING IT.