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Rob Thomson: “Zero” consideration in changing the lineup for Game 7

The Phillies will play their first Game 7 in 141-year franchise history tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Yesterday was a rough Game 6 for the Philadelphia Phillies. The D-Backs tagged Aaron Nola for four runs and the offense never got going, with Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, and Nick Castellanos combining to go 0-for-13 with six strikeouts at the plate.

After the Game 6 disaster, of course Rob Thomson was asked about if he was considering any lineup changes for Game 7 tonight. Thomson replied saying there has been zero consideration.

Rob Thomson: Zero Consideration for Lineup Changes

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone thinks that Rob Thomson should change the lineup ahead of Game 7 in the NLCS. Topper spoke with reporters and stated that he has “zero” consideration in changing the lineup tonight and for whatever reason, people are surprised about that? 

You have to dance with whoever you came to the dance with, Phillies fans. Keep your composure!

It’s Game 7 – Everybody needs to wake up >>

The Phillies are going with the same lineup that brought them to this very moment while sending Ranger Suarez, one of their best pitchers in big moments to the mound looking to advance to the World Series. 

What exactly are you going to change anyways?

Alec Bohm was 2-for-4 from the plate last night. He’s batting .273 with six hits, 3 RBI, and a run scored over the first six games of this series. Bryson Stott is hitting .238 with five hits, an RBI, and two runs scored in the NLCS. Bohm isn’t the issue. Stott? There’s a case to be made for sure, but who do you move up? Nick Castellanos?

I love Casty but we are in one of those “swing through it” phases where he is completely lost at the plate. Castellanos hasn’t had a hit since October 16th. He’s batting 0.50. The only hit he had was the solo home run hit in Game 1. He can’t be moved anywhere right now. Just pray this current slump ends tonight.

Realmuto is really the only option to tinker with and he’s batting just .261 with six hits, a home run and 6 RBI in the NLCS.

That brings me back to the original point. Why change anything? 

The Phillies are in a great position heading into tonight’s Game 7. Keep the lineup. Win the baseball game at home with the season on the line. If not, I honestly believe this loss would change the trajectory of this entire franchise for years to come. Not to mention, this fanbase can’t suffer another Game 7 loss.

Ranger Suarez is a better pitcher that Brandon Pfaadt. The Phillies will have “all hands on deck” tonight so there’s no nonsense coming out of the bullpen.

The Phillies are the better team and have a tendancy to rise to the occasion.

They didn’t last night. Tonight needs to be different.

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