The Phillies’ convincing defeat of the Braves in the NLDS has earned Philadelphia its first trip to an NLCS since 2010. As they head to San Diego with a trip to the World Series on the line, they will bring largely the same roster that they used in the NLDS. Their only change will return righty reliever David Robertson to the bullpen in exchange for fellow right-hander Nick Nelson.
- Andrew Bellatti
- Connor Brogdon
- Seranthony Dominguez
- Zach Eflin
- Kyle Gibson
- Aaron Nola (Game 2 starter)
- David Robertson
- Noah Syndergaard
- Zack Wheeler (Game 1 starter)
Robertson returns to the Phillies’ postseason bullpen after suffering somewhat of a freak injury during the Wild Card round. Whilst celebrating Bryce Harper’s second-inning home run in Game 2 against the Cardinals, Robertson jumped in the air and strained his calf. He received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and sat out all of the NLDS. By virtue of his inclusion on the NLCS roster, however, Manager Rob Thompson has signaled that Robertson is completely ready to pitch. On Monday, Thompson stated that Robertson would be left off the roster if he was not a “full go,” per Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Robertson has been an important part of Philadelphia’s bullpen since he was acquired from the Cubs at the deadline. In 23 1/3 innings with the Phillies, he has posted a 2.70 ERA, a 30.3% strikeout rate, and has picked up six saves. Robertson pitched the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Wild Card Series, where he set the Cardinals down in order and struck out two.
Zack Wheeler will get the ball in Game 1 for the Phillies, as they look to make their first World Series since 2009.