Zack Wheeler continues to be a dominant force in the postseason, and his Game 5 performance in the NLCS against the Diamondbacks showcased his importance to the Phillies. With the bullpen heavily taxed in the previous two games, Wheeler’s start was crucial.
Wheeler went seven innings, striking out eight, walking one, and conceding no runs until his final frame. He’s held an incredible playoff record, with opponents batting just .164/.211/.256 in his 10 postseason starts. Wheeler’s remarkable consistency has been instrumental in the Phillies’ success.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto highlighted Wheeler’s focus and dedication, describing him as one of the best pitchers he’s played with. Wheeler’s exceptional confidence and ability to execute pitches in critical situations make him a standout talent.
The Phillies secured a 6-1 victory, putting them ahead 3-2 in the NLCS, thanks to Wheeler’s remarkable performance. As the series heads back to Philadelphia, Aaron Nola will pitch Game 6, and Ranger Suarez is lined up for Game 7 if needed, thanks in part to Wheeler’s efforts. His start not only preserved the bullpen but also boosted the Phillies’ momentum.
The NLCS series is sure to continue with intense competition, but the Phillies and their fans have every reason to be optimistic with Zack Wheeler leading the way.