According to the Associated Press Charlie Manuel has had a change of heart and has decided to go with Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the World Series.
Manuel concerned for Lee said “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.” He went on to say “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.”
In his career Blanton is 0-3 with a 8.18 era vs the Yankees. The last time he faced the Yankees was June 12 2008 as a player for the Oakland Athletics where he squared off against Andy Pettite in a game he lost 4-1.
His line was 6.2 IP 6H 4ERÂ 3BB 2K.
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