• Phillies Alter World Series Rotation

    Posted by on October 30th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    In a decision that could impact the results of the World Series, the Phillies have elected to start Joe Blanton over Cliff Lee in game 4.  ESPN has the story.

    Personally, I’m very shocked by this news. You’d think with the ball game that Lee tossed in game 1, it would be a no brainer to trot him out again on Sunday against Sabathia. Apparently Manuel is afraid that Lee would not be that strong on 3 days rest, as he hasn’t done it before in his career. I’m glad.

    - Posted By Corey

    Comments on Phillies Alter World Series Rotation

    1. October 30th, 2009 | 4:17 pm

      Manuel is probably remembering the stellar job that Blanton did in Game 4 of the World Series last year:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI200810260.shtml

      And, Rays fans, last year, before the game, were probably licking their chops over the thought of him getting that start…

    2. Corey
      October 30th, 2009 | 4:21 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      2 runs are better than 0 runs lol

    3. Corey
      October 30th, 2009 | 4:44 pm

      Blanton in his career vs. the Yanks:

      0-3 with a 8.18 ERA in 22 IP with 12 BB and 10 K. Granted small sample size.

    4. October 30th, 2009 | 7:14 pm

      Whatever the reason, this is great news. Certainly gives the Yankees the edge in game 4 if they use CC. I hope they don’t use this as an excuse to rest him.

    5. 77yankees
      October 30th, 2009 | 8:10 pm

      Basically knocks him out of a Game 7 start as well, if it gets that far.

      Now I’d start CC in Game 4, even if Pettitte wins tomorrow.

    6. butchie22
      October 31st, 2009 | 2:19 pm

      Manuel must know his players better than we think, he has a championship to show for it,no? I think that Jed Clampett Manuel is giving away the series with this goofy move. Where in tarnation is JA Happ? I mean he was their best pitcher this year. Look, it’s by no means over BUT Manuel seems to be handing the World Series to the Yankees on a platter. I don’t wanna hear any excuses about Afraud flopping, Dick swisher being a bum or Burnout the Pie Thrower not being to handle 3 days rest or AP not being able to go on 3 day rest or even Gaudin starting. They should win this series from here on in. The way that Hayseed Manuel has set up his rotation , he has gift wrapped a championship for the Bombers.

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