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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 18, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Well, that is not the way any of us saw games 3 and 4 going after the Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead. First, the bats go cold in game 3. Then in game 4, the bullpen blew a 5-2 lead. Now the series is tied up. The good news is 2 of the last 3 games will be played at Citizens Bank Park. But all the momentum they had when they got onto a plane is gone. They had the D Backs down, and they let them back on their feet. Luckily Zack Wheeler is taking the mound next, and few pitchers of late have been better than Wheeler in the playoffs.

In 9 playoff starts, he has a 2.63 ERA and a WHIP of 0.70. And we saw him mostly shut this lineup down in game 1. Apart from a Geraldo Perodomo HR, Wheeler was nearly unhittable. And that has been the case for much of this postseason. He shut down the Marlins, mostly contained the Braves, then held the Diamondbacks to 2 runs.

Who the Phillies have available out of the pen may be another question. Alvardo, Hoffman, Kimbrel, and Kerkering all pitched two days in a row, they will not be available. Dominguez, Strahm, and Soto pitched in game 4, but can probably pitch again. Walker and Lorenzen are the only guys who have not pitched, but how much you can trust them is to be determined. It’s possible Ranger Suarez could come in out of the pen. He couldn’t start again until game 7 and was used in a similar situation last postseason.

The best option is Wheeler pitching at least 8 innings, and the Phillies scoring a lot of runs off Zac Gallen, again. But does he have the advantage vs. this lineup?

Here is how Zack Wheeler has pitched against the DBacks hitters in his career:

  • Corbin Carroll

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses his bat after drawing a walk in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    .125/.222/.125/.347

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

  • Ketel Marte

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    .308/.400/.615/1.015

    4 for 13, 1 HR, 1 2B, 0 3Bs, 2 RBIs, 2 BBs, 4 Ks

  • Tommy Pham

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Tommy Pham #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

    (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    .357/.500/.571/1.071

    5 for 14, 1 HR, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 2 RBIs, 4 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Christian Walker

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    .474/.474/.789/1.263

    9 for 19, 1 HR, 3 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 4 RBIs, 0 BBs, 5 Ks

  • Gabriel Moreno

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Gabriel Moreno #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 0 Ks

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates after Gabriel Moreno #14 (not pictured) hit a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    .250/.250/.500/.750

    3 for 12, 1 HR, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1 RBI, 0 BBs, 6 Ks

  • Alek Thomas

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Alek Thomas #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Evan Longoria

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 25: Evan Longoria #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 25, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    .273/.273/.364/.636

    3 for 11, 0 HRs, 1 2B, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Geraldo Perodomo

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 11: Geraldo Perdomo #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the Division Series at Chase Field on October 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    .222/.222/.667/.889

    9 for 9, 0 HRs, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 RBIs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Totals

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 16: Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game One of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 16, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    . (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    .252/.297/.468/.765

    28 for 111, 6 HRs, 6 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 14 RBIs, 7 BBs, 33 Ks

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