Manuel Not Ready to Name Game 3 Starter
Charlie Manuel is keeping the Rockies guessing about Saturday’s starter in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Coors Field.
He has three choices: left-hander J.A. Happ or right-handers Joe Blanton and Pedro Martinez.
It could be any of the three, but Happ could make the most sense because he shutout the Rockies in August. Doesn’t Manuel just imagine it will be Happ?
“I don’t imagine nothing,” Manuel said today. “Seriously. … We haven’t gotten together on it yet. A day at a time. That’s how we’ve been playing for the last three or four years.”
Manuel had Happ and Blanton in the bullpen Wednesday in Game 1. Happ warmed up in the ninth inning in case left-hander Cliff Lee started to struggled. Happ and Blanton will be in the bullpen again in Game 2. Martinez will not be in the bullpen, which indicates the Phillies are holding him back in case they end up using Happ or Blanton to the point they are not able to pitch this weekend. Martinez has pitched just once since Sept. 19, and that was just four innings Sept. 30 against the Houston Astros.
“I think Pedro has thrown enough where he’s capable of going out there and throwing definitely 90 to 100 pitches,” Manuel said. “I can see Pedro getting in a game.”