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The Phillies' Game 3 Starter, In Cholly-Speak

There's still a lot of mystery surrounding the identity of the Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher for Saturday night's Game 3 in Denver. Phillies Manager Charlie ("ol' Cholly") Manuel was grilled on the topic today prior to Game 2 and he talked circles around it, as only ol' Cholly can.

After reading this transcript, see if you can determine, a) who will start for the Phillies in Game 3 (the candidates, it appears, are Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ and Pedro Martinez), and b) what the heck Cholly is talking about:

Q. I'm just wondering who's available out of the pen today -- with Happ and Blanton and Pedro. All three, or two of the three?

A. Probably everybody is available. We've got -- our bullpen is ready. We'll see. Hopefuly we don't have to use it. But no, they're all there. Some of them -- right now I don't think more likely Pedro probably wouldn't pitch today in the bullpen, out of the bullpen. But the other two guys could.

Q. You're talking about who's in the bullpen and who's not. Now that you've slept on it, any new word on who might start Game 3?

A. Probably we'll know [Friday] after practice or something, probably. But no, I haven't talked to [pitching coach Rich] Dubee about it. 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.

Q. Do you imagine it will be Happ --

A. I don't imagine nothing. [Laughter.] Seriously.

Q. Pedro hasn't thrown a lot of pitches since the middle of September. Would he be able to just go out there in a playoff game and throw pitches?

A. I think Pedro has thrown enough where he's capable of going out there -- I'd say he's capable of going out there and throwing definitely 90 to 100 pitches.

Q. Do you anticipate him definitely getting in a game at some point in the series?

A. I can see Pedro getting in a game.

Q, It's expected to be very cold in Denver this weekend. Will that affect your decision as to who starts, and can Pedro start on a very cold night?

A. You know, all that will be discussed. That could have something to do with it. I mean, it depends on how cold it's going to be and everything. But we haven't really decided that yet, but we will.

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 8, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
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Judging my the boneheaded moves he made yesterday, its clear that Cholly wants to go with Pedro in Game 3. Really? You want a born Dominican with a stiff neck, stiff back, and hasn't thrown hardly at all in nearly a month to pitch game 3 in Colorado in 38 degree cold? That is insane.

JA Happ, by all common sense, should be starting game 3. He was arguably the best starter on the staff all year, has a good fastball (which you need in cold weather) and is a lefty, which the Rockies struggle against. But Cholly thought it would be best to bring him out of the pen yesterday and we watch him take a liner off the knee. Now, he may be unavailable all weekend. Good move. The guy who should have came in to begin with, Scott Eyre, mowed em down 1-2-3.

Its bad enough that the bullpen has been battling injuries, but now the manager just showed them and the world that he has no faith in them whatsoever.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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