What is the ideal starting lineup for the Phillies in the NL Wild Card Series?

Let's take a look at what might be the starting lineup for the Phillies in their NL Wild Card Series
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1. Kyle Schwarber, DH

This should come as no surprise. From June 4th, when Schwarber was reinserted back at the leadoff spot, the Phillies have gone 61-37 which is good for the third best record in all of baseball. Schwarber’s innate ability to work the count, draw walks, and set the tone with mammoth homeruns, is irreplaceable at the top of the lineup.

2. Trea Turner, SS

Turner has had a roller coaster of a season but ever since the fans gave him the standing ovations and showed him the support he needed; he has been on an absolute tear. Since August 4th, Turner is slashing .328/.379/1.041 with 16 homeruns and 42 rbi. He has settled into the two hole very nicely and has been the spark the Phillies had expected.

3. Bryce Harper, 1B

It took some time for the Phillies emotional leader to find his power and stride after returning from Tommy John but Harper will be entering the Postseason seeing the ball well. The third spot in the order is typically reserved for the teams best player and Harper embodies just that for the Phillies. Not to mention, he is an absolute menace in clutch situations and with men on base.

4. Alec Bohm, 3B

Bohm was inserted into the cleanup spot recently and has only had 71 total at bats there all season but he has taken advantage of it so far. On the season, Bohm has hit .349/.396/.873 with RISP and with Schwarber, Turner, and Harper in front of him, there is a good chance there will be guys on base. When Bohm is hot, there aren’t many hitters in this lineup that are as pure hitting it to all parts of the field, and he is seeing ball entering the most important part of the year.

5. Bryson Stott, 2B

Having a pure contact hitter like Stott behind the top four hitters in the lineup is key. Stott has a knack for working the count and limiting strikeouts. He has the innate ability to work pitchers and grind out at bats. He will either have opportunities to knock base runners in or “pass the baton” to the next batter for lengthy innings. The only concern here is that September has been a relatively down month for Stott but hopefully the rest the Phillies earned by clinching early does him well.

6. Nick Castellanos, RF

This is likely the first spot in the order that Rob Thomson will not agree with. All season, this spot has been reserved for J.T. Realmuto and Castellanos spent the majority of the year at the three or four spot. But the right fielder has been one of the Phillies most consistent hitters all year and their leading rbi producer. It’s imperative to be able to capitalize on opportunities and to limit double plays which Realmuto has a knack of hitting into. Also, after a slow post All-Star break, Castellanos has started to heat up again and is getting into one of his patent grooves. That bodes well for the lineup and the Phillies.

7. Brandon Marsh, LF

Another surprise here with Marsh in the seventh hole. Having the left-handed hitting left fielder here helps to continue the lefty/righty split through the lineup and lessen the exposure the opposing teams have at bringing in a relief pitcher specifically for a group of righties or lefties. Not to mention, Marsh is hitting .276/.372/.823 on the year and has consistently provided well timed hits for this offense. Marsh has struggled lately with strikeouts but with the postseason upon us, the Phillies will look for him to buckle down and grind out good at bats.

8. J.T. Realmuto, C

Unfortunately, Realmuto has not been at his best at the plate in 2023. Thomson has consistently put him higher in the lineup, but Realmuto has yet to deliver to his full potential. Dropping him in the lineup will hopefully relieve some pressure and allow him to get back to what he’s done for so many years. Another wrinkle with the standout catcher is his home and away splits. Realmuto is hitting .306/.364/.951 on the road and .198/.257/.575 at home which is a staggering difference.

9. Johan Rojas, CF

Since being called up from AA, Rojas has batted .309 with a .344 on-base percentage. He is a menace when getting on base, causing much trouble for the opposing pitcher with his game changing speed. He has been exceptionally good in September, batting .344 and getting on base at a .373 clip. But all of that being said, his true value comes from his stellar defense in center field. He has been a revelation for this Phillies team out in center and has provided a spark for the defense. Being able to move a capable defender like Marsh to left field and and Schwarber to DH has done wonders for this team. Rojas should be given a shot at the nine hole for this playoff run.