Blanton to start World Series Game 4 for Phillies
Manager Charlie Manuel said Friday he will go with Blanton against the New York
“I don’t think he’s ready for it on three days’ rest,” Manuel said. “I think you’re taking a chance on really pushing him.”
The World Series was tied 1-all as it shifted to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Saturday night. Manuel said if the Series goes seven games, Lee could be available for the finale.
“That would be on his bullpen day, and he might be able to pitch,” the manager said.
Manuel also could have turned to left-hander
“I think Blanton fits for us because I think we want to keep Happ right now in the bullpen, especially kind of in the middle where he could do some innings,” Manuel said. “And also, Joe pitched last year in the World Series, and he’s got a little bit more experience.”
Blanton started Game 4 against Tampa Bay last year and combined with four relievers on a five-hitter in a 10-2 win that gave the
Blanton was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA this season. He got a no-decision in his only postseason start, allowing three earned runs over six innings in Game 4 of the
The right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA in four career starts against the