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NLDS Game 3: J.A. Happ vs Jason Hammel

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The freeze out last night means that Pedro Martinez and Joe Blanton are both available in long relief for the Phillies should things go south quickly for Happ, Jason Marquis and Jose Contreras are close at hand for Jim Tracy if the same is true with Hammel. The bitter cold might make this point moot, however, as offense figures to be in short supply.

There's a strange sort of symmetry to the season as this game falls almost six months to the day after another bitterly cold Rockies/Phillies game on a Sunday afternoon in Denver. The bullpen collapse of Manny Corpas and Huston Street in that April 12 contest and subsequent (well, minus that sandwiched two game Cubs series that messes up my narrative here) sweep out of Los Angeles the following weekend in many ways could be seen as the start of the downward spiral for the early 2009 team that would eventually cost manager Clint Hurdle his job. Here the Rockies have another shot at winning a series against the Phillies in Coors, and if they do win twice, they'll have a final shot of beating the Dodgers in Los Angeles the following weekend as well.

That chance for atonement is almost too poetic, and people wonder why Rockies fans act like there's some sort of mysterious hand of destiny guiding this team...


To read the wails of the soon to be vanquished:

The Good Phight

Lineups reposted after the jump.


Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies

10/11/09 8:07 PM MDT

Philadelphia Phillies Colorado Rockies
Jimmy Rollins - SS Carlos Gonzalez - LF
Shane Victorino - CF Dexter Fowler - CF
Chase Utley - 2B Todd Helton - 1B
Ryan Howard - 1B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Jayson Werth - RF Yorvit Torrealba - C
Raul Ibanez - LF Garrett Atkins - 3B
Pedro Feliz - 3B Ryan Spilborghs - RF
Carlos Ruiz - C Clint Barmes - 2B
J.A. Happ - P Jason Hammel - P