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What time is it? Gametime! But, boy, is it early

Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS are starting at 12:37 p.m. (MT). Let’s say that’s not exactly prime time.

That fact bothers Phillies Game 2 starter Cole Hamels. He said as a player he can’t let it bother him, but starting games so early is a disruption, and a little disrespectful.

“In being the defending World Champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock,” Hamels said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think it’s fair for the fans, because this ais all about the homefield advantage.

“I understand TV ratings, ut I think at the end of the day most players would rather play when they’re both comfortable, and that’s kind of what we’ve trained at, either 1 o’clock or 7 o’clock, and I think that’s more fair for us.”

Hamels has some points. But it’s a discussion that Rockies manager Jim Tracy would rather not have.

“I don’t get too overly involved in it because the schedule makers are not going to ask me my opinion,” Tracy said. “I understand Cole’s point. This is a very good team. They are the defending World Champions. They obviously have a right to an opinion.

“But as far as me weighing in and saying I’d rather done this, I’d rather done that, at 18-28 back on the 28th of May, I’m tickled to death to have a game to play. I really don’t care what time it starts.” 

Lee, Hamels, then we’ll see …

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel loves the matchup. Most of the Rockies’ feared hitters are left-handed, and the Phillies will start lefties Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in the first two games of the National League Division Series. The Rockies hit .264 against right-handers and .253 against left-handers during the regular season.

“Left-handed pitchers agaisnt Colorado, to me, definitely comes into play,” Manuel said. ‘I think with lee and Hamels, I think that we’ve got two top-notch pitchers going into the first two games of the series.”

This also gives Manuel lefty J.A. Happ and righty Joe Blanton to pitch in relief should one of the two aces struggle. That would mean Manuel can limit the use of a bullpen that has struggled during the latter part of the season.

Phils + Rox = fun

The schedulemaker couldn’t have picked a potentially bigger offensive series to open the Coors Field schedule. But skip the hype. Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler         CF

Ryan Spilborghs     LF

Todd Helton           1B

Garrett Atkins        3B

Brad Hawpe          RF

Troy Tulowtizki      SS

Chris Iannetta         C

Clint Barmes         2B

Jason Marquis        P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins        SS

Shane Victorino     CF

Chase Utley           2B

Ryan Howard         1B

Jayson Werth         RF

Raul Ibanez            LF

Pedro Feliz            3B

Carlos Ruiz             C

Cole Hamels           P

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