The Philadelphia Phillies were unable to take command of the NLCS yesterday, squandering an early 4-0 lead and dropping into a series tie with the San Diego Padres as the two teams head to Philadelphia for Games 3, 4, and 5 over the weekend.
Aaron Nola struggled, allowing six runs over 4.2 innings.
But they have yet to name a starter for Game 4.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson shed a little light on this topic last night after the Game 2 loss, saying that it would be “bullpen-heavy.”
Rob Thomson said the plan for Game 4 will be similar to last series — a bullpen-heavy game. "Might be a different starter," Thomson said. Suárez vs. Musgrove in Game 3.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) October 20, 2022
Phillies Game 4 Options
There are plenty of options that the Phillies can choose from for Game 4.
Perhaps they could send Noah Syndergaard to the mound on Saturday.
Syndergaard was acquired at the trade deadline from the Los Angeles Angels.
He went 10-10 in 25 appearances this year, 24 of them being starts.
He posted a 3.94 ERA in 134.2 total innings of work.
It’s also possible that the Phillies could tap somebody like Zach Eflin to start.
Eflin has since re-emerged as a reliever, so that may not be their best choice.
He closed out both games of the NL Wild Card Series in St. Louis.
If they really wanted to get greedy, they could even decide to start Zack Wheeler on short rest after his dominant outing in Game 1 on Tuesday.
Gibson, 34, posted a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts, so one would think that Thomson would have him on a short leash if he’s given the start for the Phillies in Game 4.
Thomson has a ton of options he can choose from, but it seems likely that it will be a bullpen game.