NLDS Roster Announced


Thumbnail image for 208910.jpgThe Phillies announced their playoff roster today and there were a few surprises.  Here is how it played out (courtesy of Phillies.com):

Catchers (2): Paul Bako and Carlos Ruiz

Infielders (6): Miguel Cairo, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley

Outfielders (5): Ben Francisco, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth

Pitchers (12): left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Scott Eyre, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Cliff Lee and right-handers Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Pedro Martinez and Brett Myers

Miguel Cairo was the right decision over Eric Bruntlett.  And the rest of the bench players are what I expected.

There was one surprise with the pitchers, however.  Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker were left off the roster in favor of Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo.  I did say earlier that Bastardo may be picked over Walker, so that is not too shocking considering the lack of lefties in the pen.  But Kendrick over Condrey, I am a bit surprised about.  Kendrick did pitch well in September, but Condrey is more consistent and has a lot more experience.  I think the nagging back injury did him in; the team must not be convinced that Condrey is healthy.

I also predicted that the Game 1 starter would be Cliff Lee, and that is correct.  Cole Hamels will get Game 2 and Game 3 has yet to be decided.  My feeling is that it should be JA Happ as the Phils want to overload the Rockies with lefties.  But all Charlie Manuel would say is that Happ, Joe Blanton and even Pedro Martinez will be “available” in the pen for the first two games.  I suppose then whoever does not get used will start Game 3.

This may also be a strategic move.  This gives less preparation time to the Rockies since they will not know who to prepare for.

So, if you are actually home tomorrow at game time, tune in at 2:37pm for the first pitch.  The game time still disgusts me.  I understand all teams need air time, but how exactly is it that the reigning World Champions do not get one of the prime time slots?  I’ll tell you why…because MLB cares only about the Yankees and the Red Sox.  It has been and probably will always be about these teams, whether deserving or not.  I root for the Yankees too, so it is not personal.  It is a matter of respect.

Not to mention, normal people have jobs, kids have school and 2:37pm does not allow ANY of these people to enjoy the game, unless they call out sick or skip school.   And how about the poor Rockies fans?  The game time for them is 12:37pm! (Mountain time)  That is just wrong.  But hey, if you are a Yankees or Sox fan, I’ll bet you are happier than a pig in mud, right?  Must be nice. 

Well, best of luck to everyone tomorrow (except the Rockies, of course)!  Go Phillies!

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3 Comments

Jenn: If my Yankees were going to play in the afternoon, I was going to play hooky. I’m not wasting my time at school to miss that! I feel bad about the Phils time. That is really obnoxious. Miguel Cairo. He was so good off the bench for my Yanks a few years ago. I’m glad he gets to play in the postseason again. Best of luck to your Phils :)
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

Hey Jenn! Not surprised to see Condrey left off the roster, what with the recent oblique problems. A little surprised to see Bruntlett left off, but Cairo has certainly had the hotter bat of late. So hopefully it is a good move.
The 2:37 start time SUCKS! Even if I had tickets (which I don’t) how would I go? You certainly can’t find anyone to watch your kids in the middle of the day. One of my neighbors has tickets to Game 1, but he is trying to sell them for just that reason – work, and kids at school. I blame the Rockies – two years ago when we played them in the NLDS we had these lousy daytime starts, too. Arrrgh.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Today we go at it with the Rockies… I actually think all the game times are a little stupid…since when do games start at 2:30 and 6 pm it’s all about the stations and when to air them…it should be about the teams and when they want to play for home field fans…GO PHILLIES!!!
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

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