Rob Thomson preserved key bullpen arms in Phillies’ World Series Game 3 win.
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to take a 2-1 series lead in the World Series on Tuesday, as the offense showed off its power potential. Bryce Harper started the onslaught in the first inning with a two-run shot to right field. Afterward, four other Phillies batters hit long balls that contributed to the 7-0 win.
While the big bats helped, the offense showing off its power benefited the Phillies going into Wednesday and Thursday as well. Manager Rob Thomson avoided using key bullpen pieces José Alvarado and Seranthony Domínguez, which allows them to be fresher for Games 4 and 5, and beyond, if necessary.
Alvarado was warming up in the fifth inning to face Houston Astros left-handed batter Yordan Álvarez, but sat back down after starter Ranger Suárez was able to get him out. Instead, Thomson called on Connor Brogdon, Kyle Gibson, Nick Nelson, and Andrew Bellatti to take over for Suárez. All pitched well and did not give up a run to the potent Astros lineup.
Now, Thomson has Alvarado, Domínguez, David Robertson and Zach Eflin well-rested. Their most dominant relievers are Alvarado and Domínguez. Alvarado has a 3.00 ERA in nine innings pitched, while Domínguez has sported a 0.96 ERA and a 0.43 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings pitched — striking out 18 opposing hitters.
Both Alvarado and Domínguez have shown that can pitch on back-to-back days this postseason. With it being the final week, it can be assumed that both would be able to pitch two days in a row as long as they had reasonable pitch counts.
With an off day on Friday for the travel day, Thomson can feel good about the availability of his best relievers for Games 4 and 5. This is a huge advantage for the Phillies going into the final two games at Citizens Bank Park in 2022.