October 02, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has a few more days before he sets his rotation for the National League Division Series but the early word in Philly is that Pedro Martinez(notes) won't be on the list, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Martinez, brought in mid-season to give the Phils an extra boost toward the postseason, told reporters his last start, an unimpressive four-inning outing in which he allowed six hits and three runs, was a "tune-up" for the postseason. But it's looking like Manuel may choose rookie J.A. Happ(notes) over Martinez in the first round if the opponent is the Colorado Rockies.
Lefty Happ, who is in the running for Rookie of the Year, pitched well against the Rockies on Aug. 5, when he shut them out and struck out 10.
It's looking like the rotation in Philly will be Cliff Lee(notes), Cole Hamels(notes), Joe Blanton(notes), and Happ. But Martinez could make an appearance in the second round if the Phils get that far.