The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the nicer surprises this postseason and they have given the Phillies everything they can handle in the NLCS. Unfortunately, Arizona still enters Game Six needing to win the next two games to keep their 2023 season alive.
The series goes back to Philadelphia thanks to the Diamondbacks coming alive at home to win two out of three in Arizona. Unfortunately, they were unable to solve Zack Wheeler yet again (that guy is quite good at throwing baseballs) and now the hope is that Merrill Kelly can outduel Aaron Nola to force a winner take all Game Seven.
Arizona Diamondbacks lineup for NLCS Game 6 (October 23, 2023)
For Game Six, the top of the Diamondbacks' lineup has a familiar look vs. a right-handed starter as Corbin Carroll, Ketel Marte, Gabriel Moreno, and Christian Walker occupy their usual spots. Marte has been excellent so far, but the rest of the top of the order has struggled against the Phillies so far. There would not be a better time for stars like Carroll and Walker to break out with a big performance because if this series has taught us anything, it is that this Phillies team is gonna hit.
Corbin Carroll (L)
Ketel Marte (S)
Gabriel Moreno (R)
Christian Walker (R)
Tommy Pham (R)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R)
Alek Thomas (L)
Evan Longoria (R)
Geraldo Perdomo (S)
The bottom of the lineup is where we have seen the most adjustments during the NLCS for Arizona. Tommy Pham is batting fifth after batting third the first time the Diamondbacks faced Nola in the series. Gurriel is the fourth righty in a row in the lineup before Alek Thomas gives Arizona another lefty bat with Evan Longoria and Geraldo Perdomo rounding out the bottom of the lineup.
The lineup is an interesting one, but none of this matters unless the Diamondbacks' top bats don't collectively get going. Nola has looked like his vintage self this postseason and Arizona is going to have to put together competitive at-bats to hopefully drive him out of the game early enough to make the Phillies' bullpen work a bit. If they can play up to their potential, the Diamondbacks have a real chance. If not, well...it could be another long night not unlike Game Five.