Good morning from the Windy City. A few interesting bits from this morning’s episode of “Quality time with Charlie and Colbert:”
--Manuel said it was a tough decision to leave Eric Bruntlett off the roster in favor of Miguel Cairo, but it came down to which of the two was more game ready.
“Bruntlett, the fact that he was on the team all year long, and the work he put in, and the part he played on our team, that was tough. That was a tough decision. But in the end, I felt like Cairo went to the minor leagues, he had playing time, and he was sharper. He was swinging the bat better, and I felt like he was in a position probably to help us more because of it.”
--Manuel said that Pedro Martinez will not be physically in the bullpen today, as will J.A. Happ and Joe Blanton, but he could pitch in relief if needed.
--Antonio Bastardo will likely be used against lefties in the middle innings, and ScottEyre and Happ in the late innings. Manuel was fuzzy on whether Eyre (elbow) can pitch on consecutive days.
--Manuel on the wind: “You won’t believe this, but I got up this morning and got outside of my house, and a limb blew down about 30 feet from my house. And it was a good sized limb, too. I thought, the wind is going to be blowing today.,,,if the wind is blowing out, its’ definitely going to affect the hitters.”
--Hamels was not critical or in any way outwardly unhappy about not getting the Game 1 assignment, but he offered blunt criticism about the two days games this week.
“In being the defending champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we get both games at 2 o’clock. I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think it’s fair to the fans, because this is all about the home-field advantage…I understand TV ratings, but I think at the end of the day, most players would rather play when they’re comfortable. That’s kind of what we’re trained at, either 1:00 or 7:00, and I think that’s more fair to us than really the TV ratings. I don’t think we (care) as much for TV ratings.”