October 27, 2009

Manuel: Pedro is Game 2 Starter

Via Sam Borden:

Charlie Manuel announced on a radio show this morning that Pedro Martinez will be his Game 2 starter, a move which should make for terrific theater and unbelievable amounts of second-guessing if it doesn’t work out.

Some Phillies fans are thinking Cole Hamels, last year’s World Series star, should be starting this game. I polled my twitter followers on who they would rather have faced, and here are their responses:

@5States – “I don’t think we’re gonna crush Pedro or really psych him out a lot, but I feel better against him than Hamels at this point.”

@kevinlankey – “As weird as it sounds, I think Cole beats us… But I’d prefer him Game 2 so we can get Lee and Cole out of the way.”

@MyPinstripes - “rather face Pedro”

@Thorne35 – “Pedro will choke”

@YankeeMegInPHL – 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts on the road…give me Pedro in Game 2.

@yankeegirl049 – Pedro for sure.

Survey says… Prefer Pedro: 4, Prefer Cole: 2

I agree with my followers. He shut out Joe Torre’s Dodgers for seven innings in his last start. However, as Borden pointed out, Pedro hasn’t been too successful against the Yankees in the postseason (1-2, 4.72 in six appearances). And, the Yankees have far more experience against Pedro compared to Hamels. Plus, Hamels looked pretty good against us back in May.

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