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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.”
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.
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:
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
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