It's a picturesque autumn day here at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies have just begun their workout. They'll play a simulated game, during which Pedro Martinez is expected to be among the pitchers throwing. When he will throw in an actual World Series game, however, remains to be seen.
Charlie Manuel stated the obvious today, saying Cliff Lee will indeed start Game 1 on Wednesday against either the Yankees or the Angels. But Manuel did not commit to a Game 2 starter. When asked if he could see himself starting somebody other than Cole Hamels in the second game, he replied, "I'm not ready to answer that yet."
Hamels has had a rough go of it thus far this postseason. He hasn't completed six innings in any of his three starts and in Game 5 of the NLCS allowed three solo home runs while throwing 94 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. Hamels has allowed 11 runs, 20 hits, and six home runs in 14 2/3 innings.
But Hamels did pitch well at Yankee Stadium this May, allowing two runs on eight hits and one home run in six innings of a 4-3 Phillies win.