11/01/09 8:37 PM EST
Phils have decision to make on Hamels
Manuel hasn't thought about possible Game 7 starter
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
They especially need to win Game 4 on Sunday night.
But if they get there, they have a decision to make: pitch left-hander Cole Hamels or not? Hamels is 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA in four postseason starts, including allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday in an 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park. His postseason performance is enough to cause Manuel and Dubee to think long and hard, but Hamels also sounded like a beaten man Saturday night.
"I can't wait for it to end," Hamels said. "It's been mentally draining. It's one of those things where, a year in, you just can't wait for a fresh start."
Some context to Hamels' answer is important. Hamels had been asked how much he would like the opportunity to pitch Game 7. He said, "I really do hope I have that opportunity. It's one of those games that you can definitely redeem yourself. I would know it's the very last game that I would ever have that season. It's not the type of game you want to have in your last game. It's just kind of something where if you could end it on a good note, why not? Having a Game 7 opportunity that would be mean a lot. I hope my teammates believe in me and want me to be out there for it."
Then a follow-up question, according to CBSSports.com: "You talked about the possibility of a Game 7 leaving you with a good feeling. If this ended up being your last start, with the way this whole season has gone, what feeling would you be left with?"
That is when Hamels said he can't wait for the season to end.
Of course, whatever the context, his words didn't sound good. But Dubee said Hamels' postgame comments wouldn't be a factor in their decision.
"I don't pay a lot of attention to what is said right after a game," Dubee said. "There's a lot of frustration. I'll have my own conversation with him at a different time when he's a little under control and maybe not so frustrated or not so emotionally wrapped up in something and when he's hopefully thinking more logically. I'm sure there was a lot of frustration last night. Sometimes people say stuff out of frustration and it's taken the wrong way or maybe it was said the wrong way.
"He's dwelling on the wrong things. Woe is me. Why? Just keep making pitches. That's the point he hasn't been able to get to."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.