Travel Day, Park to Join Roster?
Most of the the Phillies flew last night from Denver to Philadelphia after they clinched the NLDS. I’d tell you what happened, but I’m sure you might have seen highlights. Anyway, many players remained in Denver to fly to Los Angeles on their own today. But the rest of the team is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles tonight for a workout tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.
Game 1 of the NLCS is Thursday.
The Phillies have not announced their Game 1 starter, but it has to be Cole Hamels. He is well rested, and has had tremendous success against the Dodgers. He threw a shutout against them at Dodger Stadium on June 4, went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against them in last year’s NLCS to earn series MVP honors and is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four career regular-season starts against them.
That decision should be easy, but there will be more difficult decisions ahead.
Chan Ho Park threw a bullpen session yesterday in Clearwater, Fla. Ruben Amaro Jr. said today that Park will be travelling with the team to Los Angeles, which means he is in the running for a roster spot, although Amaro said no roster decisions will be finalized until Thursday.
But to add Park, the Phillies would have to remove somebody. Who? The bullpen currently includes Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez, Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Brett Myers, Antonio Bastardo and Kyle Kendrick. I included Blanton, Happ and Martinez in there because who knows how Manuel will use them against the Dodgers?
“I think if we were to advance we’re definitely going to sit and talk about our roster,” Manuel said before Game 4 of the NLDS. “If there are things that we feel like we need to change, of course we will. The whole thing about it is we want to get the best 25 guys we possibly can have to help us win. If there’s a chance we can change our roster and better our club or something … then that’s what we’ll do.”
The Phillies also must decide who starts Game 2. Lee would be unavailable, unless they bring him back on short rest. If they don’t do that, it would be Blanton, Happ or Martinez.