Blanton Will Start Game 4
Here is what Manuel, Rich Dubee and Roy Halladay had to say after today’s 3-0 loss in Game 3:
Q: Was there any discussion to start Halladay on short rest?
A: I didn’t see any use in discussion. Did you? Whatever. No. No discussion.
Q: Why not Halladay on short rest?
A: You had to determine if you were going to pitch (Roy) Oswalt and (Cole) Hamels short or you were going to pitch Joe Blanton somewhere. So we think this is the best thing to do.
Q: Charlie left the door open this week during his press conferences that he could go in another direction. Was it ever discussed?
A: I don’t think so. I really haven’t come across going up to him and saying what do you think of moving guys up? No.
Q: Is that because Hamels hasn’t done it?
A: We think it’s the best way to go. Again, if you move one up you’ve got to move all three up. If you move one up and then you pitch Joe, well then you’re pitching him anyway. We think Joe is very capable. Again, don’t slight this guy. This guy has pitched us some good baseball for us in the second half. And he’s pitched well in San Francisco.
Q: What’s the downside of moving up all three?
A: One, Roy (Halladay) is coming up on a career-high in innings pitched. Two, Cole has never done it. And any time you move guys up you’re taking them out of a routine that’s pretty solid.
Q: So no thought of pitching Halladay tomorrow and Blanton in Game 5?
A: You’re going to pitch Blanton anyway. So why not pitch him tomorrow? What’s the difference. You’ve got to win four games in the series. What’s it matter if it’s Game 4 or Game 5?
A: They had momentum after Game 1, didn’t they? We won Game 2.
Q: Did you tell then you would be available on short rest, if needed?
A: I told both them I would pitch whenever. I think they know that. I don’t think there has to be a lot said. It’s their call at that point.
Q: Did you prepare like you could start on short rest?
A: No, I prepared like normal. It wouldn’t make a big difference. It would still be the same stuff. You just pitch a day early.
Q: Are you disappointed you won’t get that chance?
A: No, I’ll pitch when they want me to pitch. That’s their call. That’s it.