NLDS Game 3 Postponed
From the Phillies website:
Snow began falling Friday night in the Denver metro area as the temperature dropped to 17 degrees in the Mile High City overnight, breaking the record low of 25 for the date, set in 1905. Coors Field was blanketed in snow by Saturday morning, and the white stuff was expected to keep coming down into the day, predicted to dissipate by the 7:37 p.m. game time. Since Coors Field is the only field in the Majors with an underground heating system, the snow might have been cleared away.
The cold is another matter, though.
Denver awoke to icy roads, multitudes of accidents on the highways and snow all around, with the updated forecast for the scheduled 7:37 p.m. game time calling for a temperature of 26 degrees — which would have been by far the lowest for a postseason game in history.
Due to the extra day of rest, Charlie Manuel switched his Game 3 starter. Initially, it was Pedro Martinez because, in Game 2, he used starter Joe Blanton for more than an inning and J.A. Happ got hit on the shin with a line drive. Happ will, in fact, start Game 3 tomorrow.
Some relevant reading material for your perusal:
- David Murphy projects the rotation over the rest of the NLDS and through the NLCS.
- Todd Zolecki has a few quotes from the players about the decision to move Game 3 back a day.
- John Finger shares an anecdote about cold weather.
No team ever started lefthanders in every game of a 5-game LDS. ’97 Mariners did it in a 4-gamer vs Bal: Randy, Moyer, Fassero, Randy again
With the Phillies starting Happ in Game 3, Cliff Lee will likely start Game 4 and Hamels will go in Game 5 if necessary.