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Phillies may move Harper up in batting order

Written by Tony Ghaul

The top four Phillies hitters has remained the same for every game during the team’s postseason run so far: Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper.

Harper has hit exclusively out of the No. 4 hole this postseason to keep him further away from the fellow left-handed-hitting Schwarber in the lineup. By putting a pair of right-handed hitters between Schwarber and Harper, that has made it tougher on opposing managers to use their top left-handed reliever to face both guys.

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The Astros have only right-handed pitchers in their bullpen. It’s possible that the Phillies return Harper to the No. 3 spot in the lineup where he spent most of this season.

The National League Championship Series MVP started 82 games in the three-hole during the regular season, compared to just 13 in the cleanup spot.

According Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Phillies have plenty of reasons to move Harper to the third spot in the lineup.

“Yeah, I have a little bit,” Thomson said when asked if he’s thought about sliding Harper back up in the lineup. “Just because there’s no left-hander in the bullpen.”

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