Rob Thomson Reveals Phillies' Shocking Lineup Plan for Game 7

Is Rob Thomson asleep at the wheel?

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson has revealed his shocking lineup plan for Tuesday's Game 7.
Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson has revealed his shocking lineup plan for Tuesday's Game 7. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With their big 5-1 win on Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks have come roaring back to force a Game 7 in the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Diamondbacks' adjustments are a big reason why as they are no longer letting Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper tee off on their pitchers, instead forcing others like Alec Bohm and Trea Turner to beat them.

This strategy has quieted the Phillies' offense with the club just one victory away from clinching another World Series appearance. Fans are desperate to see something changed, but manager Rob Thomson doesn't feel the same.

Phillies Lineup Game 7

When asked about shuffling his lineup -- which clearly isn't working right now -- around, Thomson replied that he's giving "zero" consideration to any tweaks.

The Philly faithful are incensed over these comments, and it's hard to blame them. Talent usually isn't enough to win every game in the playoffs, since every club has players capable of swaying matchups. Instead, it's about adjusting when opponents are trying to neutralize your best players and putting them in a better position to succeed.

By Thomson outright refusing to even think about lineup tweaks, he may be resigning his team to a loss before first pitch. It's clear that Turner (2-of-15 over the last four games) isn't doing enough to help out Schwarber in the No. 2 spot, and Bohm's (1 RBI since Game 3) not producing enough at cleanup to protect Harper.

As a result, that leaves two current weak spots for Arizona to focus on, allowing them to avoid Schwarber and Harper if the situation arises. Meanwhile, moving someone like J.T. Realmuto (1 HR, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs this series) up in the order could be exactly the kind of thing that throws off the D-Backs' staff in a do-or-die clash.

If Realmuto isn't part of the solution to this problem, then it's on Thomson to figure it out instead of making things even easier for Arizona with a trip to the World Series on the line.

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