Pedro in line to start possible Game 6
Righty throws bullpen session during voluntary workout
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels will pitch Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
And who will pitch Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles, if the Phillies need it?
Right-hander Pedro Martinez said he is ready. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon during a voluntary workout, which puts him on line to start Game 6. He threw seven scoreless innings in Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, but while he threw well he would not mind waiting a little longer to pitch.
Martinez would like to see the Phillies wrap up the series Wednesday (8:07 p.m. ET, TBS and Postseason.TV) to clinch their second consecutive berth in the World Series.
Asked if he thinks the Phillies need to be reminded not to take their foot off the gas, Martinez said, "This team doesn't need to be told. This team has proven over and over that this team is all about business. If we were a car, right now we probably would be in trouble with the law. This team really speeds up and never lets down. I think we're more of a NASCAR type of team.
"We feel like we are in the driver's seat ... in a NASCAR driver's seat. I think we have a very good chance to actually win it [Wednesday], and we're going to try. But that team is good. The other team is good. We have to pay attention to them and just stay focused."
The Phillies still could pitch left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 6, but could bring him back on extra rest in Game 7.
"We're all on the bubble," Martinez said of the pitching situation. "I'm ready right now. If you ask me if I could pitch today, yes, I could pitch."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.