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The game against the Brewers has been moved to Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET, when the weather is supposed to be better.
“It makes sense to me with the clean weather after that,” Ryne Sandberg said following Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “Especially Opening Day. That’s always a big deal. To have that misfire and not be a big deal would be disappointing to everybody. I think it’s smart, very smart. I’m totally on board with it.”
The Phillies said tickets for Monday will be honored for Tuesday, which was an open date on the Phillies’ schedule to accommodate the possibility of inclement weather. All gates, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 1:35 p.m.
Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick remains scheduled to start the home opener, but the postponement affects the team’s starting-pitching plans later in the week. The Phillies now need a fifth starter Saturday instead of next Sunday.
Ruben Amaro Jr. mentioned two choices: right-hander Jonathan Pettibone or right-hander David Buchanan, who was one of Spring Training’s best performers. Pettibone pitched Sunday afternoon for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, allowing four hits, three runs, one walk and striking out two in five innings against Pawtucket. Buchanan is scheduled to pitch Tuesday. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out five in six scoreless innings last week against Pawtucket. Right-hander Jeff Manship is in the Phillies’ bullpen. He also had a nice spring and has started in the past.
“We’ll have some conversations about that,” Sandberg said.
If Buchanan pitches, he would be pitching on short rest.
“It wouldn’t be ideal, but we could,” Amaro said.
“That could be a tough task,” Sandberg said. “But we’ll see how we manage that and see what the smart thing to do is and who the best candidate would be. We have a couple guys in mind. We’ll have conversations.”
If the Phillies decide to pitch Buchanan on short rest, they also would need to place him on the 40-man roster. The roster is currently at its limit, so they would need to make room for him.
The Phillies said home opener pregame festivities, including the Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party and on-field performances, will take place Tuesday. The Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party will now begin at 1 p.m. Standing room only tickets will go on sale at noon Tuesday at the first-base ticket windows. The game will be broadcast live on MLB.TV and NBC10 and will air on WPHT (1210 AM), SportsRadio 94 WIP (94.1 FM) and in Spanish on WTTM (1680 AM).
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.
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.”
How were many players spending the day? Going to the mall.
“What else do you do when it’s snowing outside?” Werth said.
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.