Charlie Manuel announced on a radio show this morning that Pedro Martinez will be his Game 2 starter, a move which should make for terrific theater and unbelievable amounts of second-guessing if it doesn’t work out.
Even though Cole Hamels is struggling, Manuel could have made the easy choice by going with last year’s World Series star behind Cliff Lee. Instead, he’s picking Martinez, who will hear “Who’s your Daddy?” chants all night long and made his only other postseason start in weather conditions that were 20 degrees warmer than what he figures to face in the Bronx.
Martinez is 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 career starts in the Bronx with four complete games. He is 1-2 with a 4.72 ERA in six postseason appearances against the Yankees, and is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his past five.