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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

It all comes down to tonight. After Aaron Nola, and the Phillies lineup, could not get the job done in game 6, the Phillies need a game 7 win to get to the World Series. Somehow it is the first game 7 the Phillies have ever played. And after losing 3 of the last 4 games, it is a bit hard to be confident going into tonight. The one saving grace, Ranger Suarez is on the mound.

To this point in his career, Ranger has been as good as it gets in the playoffs. That is not hyperbole. He literally has the best postseason ERA ever for pitchers with at least 5 starts. 0.94 across 6 starts and 2 bullpen appearances. He has given up just 1 run across 3 starts and 14 innings this year.

The Phillies lost his game 3 start, but not because of him. Ranger went 5.1 shutout innings and allowed just 3 hits and a walk. The problem was the bats mustered just a single run, and the D Backs starter Brandon Pfaadt dominated them. Pfaadt may have come into the playoffs with an ERA over 5, and may have given up 22 HRs this season, but he has been dominant in his last two playoff outings. The Phillies got just 2 hits against him through 5.2 innings. And they struck out 9 times. And if they go swinging at his breaking pitch like they did the last time, it will be a similar performance in game 7.

Will Ranger step up again? Will Rob Thomson actually let him get past the 6th inning? Suarez is making by far the most important start of his career. And if we have learned anything about Ranger, is that he will not be overwhelmed by the moment. But before he takes the mound at 8 pm tonight, let’s take a look at his history vs the Diamondbacks hitters.

Here is how Ranger Suarez has pitched against the Diamondbacks lineup in the past:

  • Corbin Carroll

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single against Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .143/.250/.286/.536

    1 for 7, 0 HRs, 1 2B, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 Ks

  • Ketel Marte

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI single against Craig Kimbrel #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies to win Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .444/.500/.556/1.056

    8 for 18, 0 HRs, 2 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 Ks

  • Christian Walker

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after his bases loaded walk against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .313/.476/.563/1.039

    5 for 16, 0 HRs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 5 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Tommy Pham

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Tommy Pham #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after striking out against Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.333/.000/.333

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 2 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Gabriel Moreno

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Gabriel Moreno #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after his RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 2, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .200/.333/.200/.533

    1 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 K

  • Alek Thomas

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Alek Thomas #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks flies out against the Philadelphia Phillies to end the fourth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 2, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Evan Longoria

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 16: Evan Longoria #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game One of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 16, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .222/.300/.667/.967

    2 for 9, 1 HR, 1 2B, 0 3Bs, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 Ks

  • Geraldo Perodomo

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Geraldo Perdomo #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts to a fifth inning strike out while playing the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .375/.444/.375/.819

    3 for 8, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 Ks

  • Emmanuel Rivera

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Emmanuel Rivera #15 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .200/.200/.400/.600

    2 for 10, 0 HRs, 2 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 4 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 Ks

  • Pavin Smith

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Pavin Smith #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 10, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks

  • Totals

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .247/.333/.398/.731

    23 for 93, 1 HR, 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 8 RBIs, 12 BBs, 22 Ks

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