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Happ In, Martinez Out for Game 3

Thumbnail image for happ 0805.jpgThanks to the cold and snow today, the Phillies are going to continue firing left-handers at the Rockies in the National League Division Series.

They will start left-hander J.A. Happ tomorrow night in Game 3 at Coors Field.

Pedro Martinez had been scheduled to pitch, but with today’s postponement because of cold weather, it allows the Phillies to go with a better matchup. It also allows them to pitch left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 4 and left-hander Cole Hamels in a potential Game 5.

“It’s the most reasonable thing to do,” Martinez said this afternoon in the lobby of the team’s hotel. “I haven’t thrown in 10 days. Difficult weather. Happ has been in there. He has a better feel for the ball. I’m just hoping I get an opportunity to pitch a couple innings before they use me.”

Charlie Manuel and Happ will speak on a conference call later today.

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The consensus regarding today’s postponenment? Good call.

“Hopefully, Game 5 last year kind of set the tone for future events like that,” Jayson Werth said.

“There’s no need for a game of this type of importance to come down to 22 degree weather or a guy possibly getting injured or something like that,” Chad Durbin said. “Hitting, running bases, fielding ground balls would have been tough. Any athletic. Skiing up in the mountains is athletic, but to play baseball it’s not conducive.”

Jim Tracy said it perfectly,” Scott Eyre said. “The first two games have been so good. Well played. Players have played good. Managers made decisions they thought were right and worked out. You don’t want to have a game like we had last year in the World Series, where Jimmy (Rollins) misses a pop fly and they tie the game because of crap weather. You don’t want to make that mistake again.”

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How were many players spending the day? Going to the mall.

“What else do you do when it’s snowing outside?” Werth said.

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Game 3 is Postponed!

Major League Baseball has postponed Game 3 of the National League Division Series to 10:07 p.m. Sunday.

Game 4 will be played Monday at a time to be determined.

Good call. I woke up this morning, turned on the TV and the wacky weather man said game-time temperature would be 26 degrees. Twenty-six degrees! I then looked outside to find snow on the ground. Snow! You can’t play playoff baseball in that weather.

Check back later for more. I’m not sure if this changes pitching matchups.

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Lee, Phillies Own Game 1

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A couple quick hits from Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1:

  • Cliff Lee became the eighth pitcher in Phillies postseason history to throw a complete game. It was the ninth complete game in Phillies postseason history — Grover Cleveland Alexander threw two in the 1915 World Series — and the first since Curt Schilling threw a shutout in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series.
  • Lee’s stolen base in the third inning is the first by a Phillies pitcher in postseason history. He is just the fourth pitcher in baseball history to steal a base in the postseason: Wild Bill Donovan (1908), Billy Loes (1952) and John Smoltz (1991, 1992 and 1995) were the others.
  • Jim Tracy on Lee : “He got really, really good as the game went on. To the point where by the third inning, I don’t know if he missed a spot.”
  • Lee on pitching in windy conditions. He was asked about getting blown off the mound: “Did I get blown off the mound? … Oh, the wind. I thought you were talking about them stroking me.”
  • Charlie Manuel on Lee’s stolen base: “I thought, what in the hell is he doing?”
  • Jimmy Rollins made a couple nice catches in foul territory. The first came in the third inning against Dexter Fowler and the second came in the seventh inning against Todd Helton. The seventh inning catch was much more impressive because the wind really changed the ball’s direction. “Dexter’s was pretty much routine,” Rollins said. “I practice that a lot actually. The other one reminded me of the one in the World Series (Game 5) just without the rain. Pedro (Feliz) and I were both breaking back like wide receiver and DB. I saw the quarterback get hit and he didn’t, and I retraced the route and came in on the ball.”
  • Jayson Werth has hit safely in 10 consecutive postseason games: (.359, 14-39, four doubles, one home run, three RBIs, eight walks).
  • Carlos Ruiz has hit safely in five consecutive postseason games: .438, 7-16, home run, three RBIs).
  • The Phillies have won eight consecutive postseason games at the Bank.
  • Rollins on the postseason and winning Game 1: “Finally, it’s here. We can finally let the wins actually count for something. You win, it’s one less game you have to win to go to the next round. One down, 10 more to go.”

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Hamels Calls Early Start Times Unfair

Cole Hamels feels your pain, Phillies fans.

He called the 2:37 p.m. start times in Games 1 and 2 of the National League Division Series unfair.

“Being the defending world champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’ clock,” Hamels said this morning at Citizens Bank Park. “I don’t think it’s fair.  I definitely don’t think it’s fair for the fans because this is all about the home-field advantage or just baseball in general.”

The Minnesota Twins play the New York Yankees at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday and the St. Louis Cardinals play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9:37 p.m.

“I understand TV ratings, but I think at the end of the day, most players would rather play when they’re both comfortable and that’s kind of what we’re trained at, either 1 o’clock or 7 o’clock,” Hamels said. “It’s more fair for us than really the TV ratings because truly I don’t think we mind as much for TV ratings.

“We want to get ourselves to the World Series and win it, and that’s all that matters. It’s not how much money we can make in the process of playing this game, because truly, being a world champ, that’s what we really live for, and to be able to experience it again. And I know that all these baseball players that are playing today want to be able to experience that. What better way than to get more of a situation that we’re kind of used to playing, to have the fans at the stadium, because that’s what really matters is having them there to watch. We can understand that people want to watch it on TV, but I don’t know too many people that are going to be watching this game at 11 on the West Coast.”

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On the DL talks with Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

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