Ranger Suarez, a pivotal force in the Phillies’ postseason journey, takes the mound in Game 3 of the NLCS, marking his eighth playoff appearance. The Phillies have triumphed in all seven of his prior outings.
This summer, uncertainty clouded the rotation behind Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola. Taijuan Walker’s stellar performance and Cristopher Sanchez’s consistency posed formidable options. Even Michael Lorenzen dazzled post-trade deadline. However, Suarez, despite injuries earlier in the season, emerged as the trusted third starter due to his prowess, pinpoint control, defensive excellence, and unwavering composure.
In his earlier postseason start against the Braves, a strategic plan to manage right-handed batters led to a quick hook. But in Game 3, Suarez could potentially offer greater longevity, with no off-day to spare. Manager Rob Thomson, relying on a fresh bullpen, is optimistic about Suarez’s capacity to provide extended innings.
With a 2-0 series lead and facing a struggling rookie pitcher, Suarez aims to extend the Phillies’ offensive dominance. The postseason unleashes their unique team identity, setting the stage for potential triumph in the NLCS.