Chess Match: Starter stays or goes?
Manuel leaves pitcher in; Hurdle takes pitcher out
PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel left his pitcher in and Clint Hurdle took his pitcher out, but both decisions worked and left little for the second-guessers in Wednesday's Game 1 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies.Hot on Cole
The situation: Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed three runs on three hits with three walks as the Rockies batted around in a 40-pitch second inning.
The situation: Top of the seventh inning, Rockies leading by a run with a runner on second base, two out and Kazuo Matsui up.
The situation: Top of the seventh inning, runner on first with one out, pitcher's spot up.
The analysis: "We had a Plan A and Plan B. I was not comfortable with some of the matchups I had. I was trying to find a way to roll the dice and do something with Francis at the bat and get us another run and I just didn't want to burn personnel. We went from having 4,700 players to 25, and I didn't want to roll over Manny [Corpas], but I wanted to try to find a way to maybe get him back out there with a two-run lead because the more outs he can get, the less number of outs the bullpen has got to get. So I rolled the dice that way and I got some very good advice from a manager that has done this way more than I have. He said, you get a gut feeling in this thing, kid, roll with it and that's what he said to me. I had a couple different gut feelings today. ... Sometimes they work and sometimes it's indigestion." -- Hurdle
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.