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Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels both available in relief tonight

Oct 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

The Phillies would prefer that Roy Halladay take care of business tonight against the Cardinals, but he has some pretty good reinforcements if needed.

According to David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said this afternoon that both Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are available in relief for Game 5. Lee allowed five runs over six innings in Game 2 on Sunday while Hamels tossed six shutout innings in Game 3 on Tuesday.

If the situation presents itself, Manuel said he would likely go with Lee first. If Halladay doesn’t need any help and the Phillies advance, Lee would be lined up to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday. If only Lee is used and the Phillies advance, we could see Cole Hamels start Game 1. Of course, if the Phillies lose tonight, none of this will matter.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Not surprising. All hands on deck in this Game 5. Of course with Doc on the mound, it will be unnecessary to use Lee or Hamels.

  2. natstowngreg - Oct 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Max Scherzer and CC Sabathia each pitched in relief last night, giving up a run in 1.1 innings. Jim Leyland is a genius, Joe Girardi is insane.

    So if (God forbid) the Fightins’ win tonight with Lee or Hamels in relief, Cholly is a genius, and LaRussa is an overmanaging jerk, even if he resurrects Grover Clevaland Alexander for the occasion. Or has his squirrels attach Roy Halladay.

    Um, OK. Makes sense in a reality where little makes sense.

  3. lampe21 - Oct 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Give them each 3 inning

  4. bleedgreen - Oct 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    I wouldn’t pitch both. If they win, someone’s gotta start on Sunday, and I don’t know that you wanna start Little Roy. I’d rather save Cole, pitch Cliff if it comes to that. Still have Vanimal and Fat Joe in the pen too.

  5. phillyphever - Oct 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    “If Halladay doesn’t need any help and the Phillies advance, Lee would be lined up to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday. If only Lee is used and the Phillies advance, we could see Cole Hamels start Game 1. Of course, if the Phillies lose tonight, none of this will matter.”

    I rather have Cole pitch game 1 even if he and Lee isn’t used tonight.

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