Friday, October 9, 2009

Pedro to start game 3

One of the better playoff pitchers returns to the postseason stage as Pedro Martinez takes the hill tomorrow night for the Phillies in game 3 against the Rockies. In a great quote when asked if he's concerned about the projected weather, Pedro responded, "I'm going to enjoy the snow. Maybe I'll be rounding the bases in a snowmobile."

Charlie chose to send Pedro to the bump after Joe Blanton threw 19 pitches in relief yesterday, and J.A. Happ's relief appearance causing him to leave the mound with an injury.

This is a scary move and depends solely on which Pedro shows up. He's had some dominant outings and some subpar starts. Pedro is a battle tested veteran who's presence on the team is valuable, but he just shouldn't be their third starter at this point. If Pedro goes out there and puts the team in a hole, they may need two straight wins just to get by Colorado is a series that started so promisingly with the Phils taking game 1.

Neither team has named a game 4 starter, which will ridiculously start after 10pm on Sunday.

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