PHILS STARTING RANGER TONIGHT: IN RELIEF ANYBODY BUT KIMBREL!

By Sam Bush

Phils manager Rob Thomson is starting Ranger Suarez tonight in game 7 against the Backs’ Brandon Pfaadt.

After Suarez it’s anybody’s guess who Thomson will reach for out of the bullpen.

Here’s an informed guess:

Lefty José Alvarado, righty Jeff Hoffman, lefty Matt Strahm and righty Seranthony Domínguez.

All four rested last night.

At different stages of this postseason, Thomson has used veteran Craig Kimbrel and rookie Orion Kerkering in crucial spots.

Kerkering permitted a run on Monday, failing to complete a tidy inning for the third consecutive outing.

After Kimbrel got whacked in Games 3 and 4 in Arizona, Thomson indicated he was seeking a low-leverage situation to use his erstwhile closer, and one appeared on Monday, with the Phillies trailing by four runs in the eighth inning. Kimbrel issued a walk but otherwise avoided damage. He may not have assuaged all the concerns.

“I don’t know how we’re going to use him moving forward,” Thomson said. “It depends on the game state. But I thought he was better.”

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