Rob Thomson Finishes 5th in NL Manager of the Year Voting

We already knew Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson wasn’t winning the NL Manager of the Year award, but a 5th place finish!?

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Phillies Manager Rob Thomson Snubbed in NL Manager of the Year Voting

It’s a regular season award, 111-games isn’t a big enough sample size, blah, blah, blah.

NL Manager of the Year Voters (probably)

Everyone knew this was coming, but Major League Baseball’s antiquated and dumb voting rules have screwed Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson out of a prestigious award. Topper wasn’t selected as the NL Manager of the Year.

Hell, he didn’t even make the final cut.

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World Series Game 3: Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Noah Syndergaard

Postponed due to rain. Game 3 will now take place Tuesday, November 1.

The Houston Astros scored 5-runs against Philadelphia Phillies starter Zack Wheeler to take Game 2 by a score of 5-2. The ‘Stros win tied the World Series at one game a piece. The series now shifts to Philadelphia for the next three.

The Phillies will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound against Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern however weather could be an issue on Monday night.

  • Date: October 31, 2022
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park —Philadelphia, PA
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App —with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP and the Phillies Radio Network — with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy
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World Series: Phillies Pitching Depth to be Tested as the Series Shifts Back to Philadelphia

Let’s not get too crazy, the Philadelphia Phillies are sitting in an advantageous position with the World Series tied at one heading to South Philly on Monday. They are undefeated, 5-0, at The Bank and they’ve stolen home field from the Houston Astros.

That should not be understated.

But they’ve done it with both ace’s pitching well below expectations. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler allowed 5-runs each in less than 10-total innings pitched in Game 1 and Game 2. This forced Phillies manager Rob Thomson to get creative with the bullpen, and by extension, the starting rotation.

This isn’t sustainable if the Phillies want a parade down Broad St in the next week or so. And now, thanks to the lackluster performances by Nola and Wheeler, the Fightin’s will be forced to go deeper into their pitching staff as the World Series hurdles towards critical mass.

There is no margin for error heading into Game 3 and Game 4 with Noah Syndergaard and Ranger Suarez on the mound.

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World Series: Phillies to Start Noah Syndergaard in Game 3, Ranger Suarez in Game 4

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson announced Noah Syndergaard and Ranger Suarez as the Phillies’ World Series Game 3 and Game 4 starters.

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Thomson: Aaron Nola Likely to Start World Series Game 1

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson joined SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie and dropped a little nugget leading into the 2022 World Series.

I think the common sense way to go about it is to have Nola go Game 1 and give Wheeler the extra day rest and have him go Game 2.”

Phillies Manager Rob Thomson on SportsRadio 94 WIP
Rob Thomson Discusses the 2022 World Series with SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie

Aaron Nola is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in the 2022 MLB Postseason. The 29-year old has pithced 17.1 innings, struck out 18, and has a 1.10 WHIP. Nola was tagged with the loss in his last outing, NLDS Game 2, allowing 6 ER in 4.2 innings against San Diego.

The move will be made official on Wednesday when Thomson meets with the media ahead of World Series Game 1.

UPDATE: Salisbury: Phillies to Remove Rob Thomson’s Interim Tag

Per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, the Philadelphia Phillies will remove Rob Thomson’s interim tag in the near future.  

Thomson –who took over for Joe Girardi on June 3– led the Phillies to a 65-46 record and a berth in the postseason.  Thomson’s Phillies defeated the St Louis Cardinals 2-games to none to advance to the National League Division Series.  

The 59-year old Thomson has held various on-field and front office roles since 1989 with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies.  

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