Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed Sunday that Cliff Lee will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, but he would not commit to using Cole Hamels in Game 2 on Thursday.
“I ain’t answering that,” Manuel said when asked about Hamels. “I’m not trying to be a smart (aleck). I’m not ready to answer it yet.”
Manuel seemingly was allowing for the possibility of going with Pedro Martinez, who has pitched in a lot of big games against the Yankees.
In another twist, Martinez was hit on the lower right shin by a ball of the bat of Pedro Feliz during the first inning of the Phillies’ simulated game Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Martinez said he was fine and continued pitching without any noticeable problems. Martinez started the simulated game and pitched two innings, facing 12 batters and throwing 50 pitches.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., along with the rest of the Phillies’ coaching staff, closely watched the simulated game.
Book it. There’s no way Slippery Pete the Mango Tree Sitter is starting Game 2 of the 2009 World Series – not after throwing 50 pitches today.
Someone in Martinez’ situation…remember…they used to try and find him extra rest…and…this was before he was being held together with gorilla glue and 100-pound test fishing line…is not going to throw 50 pitches in a session and then come back on 2-days rest and pitch in a World Series game.
Expect to see Pedro on the mound in Philly, on Halloween, starting Game 3 of the World Series…far from the Bronx.