December 2, 2023

Finish them — Diamondbacks at Phillies NLCS Game 6 preview


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The Phillies have clinched every series at home this postseason. On Monday, they look to do it again.

The Phils look to clinch their second straight National League pennant while the Arizona Diamondbacks will attempt to force a Game 7 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

The Phillies seek to become the first NL team to win consecutive pennants since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017-18. The Houston Astros and Phillies could also be the first World Series rematch since the New York Yankees defeated the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978.

Here is the Phillies’ starting lineup for Game 6:

  1. DH Kyle Schwarber
  2. SS Trea Turner
  3. 1B Bryce Harper
  4. 3B Alec Bohm
  5. 2B Bryson Stott
  6. C J.T. Realmuto
  7. RF Nick Castellanos
  8. LF Brandon Marsh
  9. CF Johan Rojas

If the Phils want to celebrate on Monday, they will have to get to DBacks starter Merrill Kelly, again. Kelly battled in Game 2 of this series but allowed four runs on three hits, all of which were homers, and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He and Gallen have created a great top-of-the-rotation duo for Arizona, but they have yet to record a winning in the NLCS.

“We have to go out and play our best game in Game 6,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I believe in Merrill Kelly. I believe in the guys to go out there and execute and play at a higher level and make plays and do things right.”

Here is the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup for Game 6:

  1. RF Corbin Carroll
  2. 2B Ketel Marte
  3. C Gabriel Moreno
  4. 1B Christian Walker
  5. DH Tommy Pham
  6. LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  7. CF Alek Thomas
  8. 3B Evan Longoria
  9. SS Geraldo Perdomo

For the Phils, Aaron Nola will get the start once again. This postseason, he is 3-0 with an astonishing 0.96 ERA in three starts. He has struck out 19 and walked two in 18 2/3 innings. Nola allowed three hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings against the DBacks in Game 2.

Nola has started in three clinchers for the Phils. In those starts, he has recorded 20.1 innings, nine hits, zero earned runs, and 18 strikeouts. The longest-tenured Phillie, who will be a free agent after the season, has the chance to clinch back-to-back pennants for the Phillies on Monday and make his contract next season look even better.

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