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Phillies won't ask for three from Lee; turn to Blanton in Game 4

Oct 30, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT

Manager Charlie Manuel announced Friday that Joe Blanton would start Game 4 for the Phillies on Sunday, essentially setting his rotation for the rest of October.
The guess going in was that the Phillies would try to get away with using Cliff Lee in Games 1, 4 and 7. Blanton still figured to start Game 5 in that arrangement, since the team wouldn’t want to use both Pedro Martinez and Cole Hamels on short rest.
But no one in red will start on short rest now. After Lee pitches in Game 5, it’s safe to assume that the Phillies will go back to Martinez in Game 6 and Hamels in Game 7 on normal rest.
Since the Phillies have bared their hand, we’ll have to wait and see if the Yankees follow suit. The assumption was that the Yankees were leaning towards pitching CC Sabathia on short rest in Game 4 and going to Chad Gaudin in Game 5, with A.J. Burnett following on regular rest in Game 6.
The Yankees could back down now and choose the same cautious route that the Phillies have selected. That would involve starting Gaudin in Game 4 and following with Sabathia, Burnett and Andy Pettitte, all on normal rest.

  1. BIGBRUCE11047 - Oct 30, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    I think the Phillies should use what is working in this the last series of the season. Lee shutdown the Yankees’ offense in Game 1 so let him get a chance to do it again in Game 4. Then, if the series goes 7 games he could come back for the deciding game. Not to say that Blanton won’t shut down the Yankees but with Lee, you have seen that he did it before. I pick the Yankees to win the series in 6 games even though I’m a National League fan.

  2. Antonio Fernandez - Oct 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    OK Phillies you’r the boss get out there and do your stuff,we are watching you and know what you have and what you can do so don’t be afraid of them
    You are playing against a show team,note they jump and dance when they play against one of the weakest teams in the league and win. so go for broke flying Hawaiian, you’r looking gooe PHILLIES

  3. Bree - Oct 31, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    To that horse’s patoot Rupert, who made the cogent, insightful comments about female Phillies fans:
    Do you know anything about baseball???? Nothing like people speculating about what a jerk you probably are and then opening your mouth and removing all doubt! GO PHILLIES!

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