Zach Wheeler will pitch Game 6, but who gets the ball in Game 7?
The Phillies have their backs to the wall and will turn to Zach Wheeler on Saturday night in Houston to try and keep their season alive.
But who will pitch if the series goes seven games?
How well Wheeler pitches in Game 6, could effect their Game 7 plans Rob Thomson said on Friday. Thomson told reporters that Ranger Suárez will be available for Game 6 of the World Series on Saturday and if needed, Aaron Nola would start Game 7.
Now that doesn't mean Nola will definitely get the ball in a potential Game 7. If Suárez isn't used on Saturday, he would still get the ball on Sunday night in Houston.
Nola threw well in his Game 4 start, but certainly not his best, giving up three runs in four-plus innings in the loss. Overall, Nola has given up nine runs in just 8 1/3 playoff innings pitched.
Meanwhile Suárez last few appearances have been outstanding, including his Game 3 victory over the Astros, scattering three hits and a walk over five shutout innings. The 27-year-old has a 1.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 13/6 K/BB ratio across 14 2/3 innings in the playoffs.
The Phillies need a Game 7 to happen to have a shot to win a World Series, who will pitch the game, remains to be seen.