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Pedro Martinez officially named Game 2 starter

Oct 27, 2009, 12:36 PM EST

Charlie Manuel made things official this morning, naming Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series.
Martinez has 38 career starts against the Yankees, including six in the postseason, but has faced them just once since 2006, allowing six runs in a blowout loss on June 27, 2008 as a member of the Mets.
Cliff Lee will start Game 1, followed by Martinez in Game 2 and Cole Hamels in Game 3. After that the Phillies’ rotation plans are unclear, because they could either go with J.A. Happ or Joe Blanton in Game 4 or choose to bring Lee back on short rest, which would also set him up to start a potential Game 7 on short rest.
In the latter scenario the series could feature three matchups between Lee and CC Sabathia, which would probably make Indians general manager Mark Shapiro’s head explode.

  1. Dan - Oct 27, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    You will hear “Who’s your Daddy?” a lot come Thursday

  2. comeonman - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Pedro has come a long way, he use to sit under a MANGO TREE
    with less than 2 coins to jingle in his pocket back in DR.
    Zimmer and a few of his retired beer drinking horse betting friends are LQQKIN for you …..WATCH YOUR BACK PEDRO.

  3. comeonman - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Pedro has come a long way, he use to sit under a MANGO TREE
    with less than 2 coins to jingle in his pocket back in DR.
    Zimmer and a few of his retired beer drinking horse betting friends are LQQKIN for you …..WATCH YOUR BACK PEDRO.

  4. jonny5 - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    I’d have picked Happ. But, we’ll see.

  5. planktonDisciple - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Happ?? Are you kidding me?
    Pedro has one start against LA, 7 ip 2h 0bb 0 runs
    Happ has two playoff appearances this year:
    1 start against the Rockies
    3 ip 6h 2bb 3 runs
    he also pitched 2/3 of an inning against the Dodgers and had 3 walks.
    Pedro is the wiser choice.

  6. millybo - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Pedro has been good but even at his best he had problems when facing the Yankees. This is a much stronger team than when they were his “daddy”.

  7. Maria - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Stop insulting Dominicans!!! We don’t take crap from anybody!

  8. jonny5 - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    I think Happ is better suited to shut down that line up. Look at his season. He’s just not that good out of the pen. His first play off start is bound to be shaky Plankton. I want nothing more than to see Pedro shut down the Yankees, but I have a feeling that we’ll see Happ before the series is over. To clean up after Pedro.

  9. JOHN - Oct 27, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    PEDRO WILL BE LUCKY TO MAKE 3 INNINGS IN HIS START-JOHN FROM LONG ISLAND,N.Y.

  10. Canuckmeister - Oct 27, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Pedro would have been a wise choice for Game 3, not having to deal with Yankee “who’s your Daddy” chants. Cole deserves the start after his fantastic World Series last year. He has reason to be bitter. I know Pedro sure the hell would be if he was in this situation. Don’t understand Manuel at all.

  11. John - Oct 28, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    PHILLIES IN SIX!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

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