Maddon: Good Feeling That Hamels Is Out

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon just completed a teleconference with reporters. Here is some of what he had to say:

Q: How good do you feel that the game is tied and that Cole Hamels is out of the game?
A: It's a pretty good feeling, obviously. He has been so good and to scratch out the runs that we've had has been very difficult. But, of course, their bullpen has been magnificent also, so it's not going to be an easy task by any means. But we have a lot of our bullpen fresh now, too. Getting him out is important. I think us coming back like we did and sitting on it for a day or two possibly could weigh in our favor a little bit. I'm not sure yet. But I think the most important part of it is that both bullpens are rested and there's no telling what's going to happen at this point.

Q: What do you think of the way baseball handled this, and would you feel the same way if you were on the other side?
A: They're in a very difficult situation. Everybody got together and made their best attempt. When it comes down to the weather, it's kind of a difficult thing to forecast. We had all the information there and it didn't work out. For me, I have no problem with it. I mean it very sincerely. I was a part of it. I was there. Charlie was there. We said let's go. We were all good with going forward, and it just did not work out. It's just an unfortunate turn of events weather-wise. But we'll figure it out. We'll sail our way through it, whether it's tomorrow or the next day. It's just the way it is. There's no crying about it. I'm not really one to point fingers. I've never been that person. I'm not going to do it now. Like I said, everybody made their best call and it didn't work out to this point. But hopefully eventually it'll have a good result.

Q: The World Series now could be decided by a three-inning game. Would you feel more comfortable deciding this game from scratch?
A: I haven't even considered that. Once it was suspended I wasn't going to lament the fact that we should go back to the first inning. I'm just dealing with the reality of it. The reality is that this is what we've got. This is how it's going to be played out. If we win we're going to be very happy about it. If we don't somebody is going to say it should have gone back to the beginning. I think I deal with the reality of the situation best. For me, there's no reason to really go there because it's not what's happening.

Maddon is expected to keep his rotation the same, meaning Matt Garza would pitch Game 6 and James Shields would pitch Game 7. Grant Balfour still is in the game, but Maddon wouldn't say how he would work his pitching tomorrow night.