Chess Match: Faith in Lee rewarded
Phillies skipper makes right choice in relying on lefty
PHILADELPHIA -- Knowing your players and having faith in how they'll react to certain situations is one of the intangible qualities a good manager needs to possess, and it was magnified on both sides of the spectrum in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel made a key decision before the game even started by handing the ball to starter Cliff Lee, and Rockies manager Jim Tracy might have left his starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, in the game a bit too long. The result was a resounding Phillies win and a crucial 1-0 lead in this best-of-five set for the defending World Series champions. The Cliff-hanger
The situation: Choosing a Game 1 starter for the Phillies.
The situation: Jimenez, seemingly tiring in the stretch, gives up two runs in a 35-pitch fifth inning and is slated to lead off the batting order in the top of the sixth.
The situation: The Phillies go into the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.