The other one, he hit the home run. Pretty good, wasn't it?
Did the extended time off in any way help Utley's hip?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Well, I think it definitely could have, because
I think that he -- as hard as Utley plays mentally and physically all during the
season, and as much as he plays, he definitely gets kind of wore down. I think
any time he gets time off it helps him. And it definitely might have helped him.
I would say yes.
Can you talk about Cole, not just tonight but in the postseason. The
record sort of is pretty impressive.
CHARLIE MANUEL: Yeah, Cole is pretty good, man. I'm glad he
pitches for us. He's been very consistent all year long. When I think about how
he pitched tonight, that's kind of like, so far, kind of like a regular game for
him. He can be a little bit better, he can be a little bit sharper, but tonight he
was very good. He took us to the right place in the game. And of course we
scored three runs, and that was enough tonight. And he was able to hold onto
the lead, and our bullpen also did a good job when they came in.
As good as he was, is that still a slam dunk to go to your bullpen for the
start of the eighth there, or is that a leaning either way kind of call?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Actually I wanted to -- what's the shortstop's
name? Bartlett? He had walked him twice, and the lead off there had three
hits off him, and he was getting about that time, he had 102 pitches. And I
want to put Madson in, who has been throwing real good, on those guys. But
also Madson I would have used him in the eighth inning. But the big reason
was because of who was leading off and also the lead off hitter.
Howard and Rollins have both been MVP's the last couple of years, and
Utley has kind of gotten overlooked a little bit on your club. Do you feel like
this is kind of his time to maybe get the national stage with the rest of the
country, maybe to know who he is a little bit more?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Yeah, I think that you sit and watch Utley
day in and day out, and the way that this guy goes about playing baseball, I
think he's one of the best players in the game. And I think anytime that he can
do good and get national exposure, it's going to help him.
But you know what, what's amazing about him is he don't really care. As long
as he gets to play and as long as we win the game, I know that he thinks to
himself, his determination, his mindset, I'm going to do good. I know I'm going
to do good, because I love to play.
But he's a good player and you've got to sit and watch him day in and day out
to really enjoy how good he really is.
Did you have any concerns at all about the layoff? And did anyone in the
organization talk with maybe Leyland or Colorado to pick their brains about
how to deal with it?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Yes, I watched those games. And I've heard
people say, and they talk about the layoff, I think I heard both managers say
that the layoff hurt them. And they might have been right, I don't know. But
to me, like did it hurt us? I don't think so, because I think that we practiced
and I think we stayed focused on what we was doing. And we talk about things
like not letting nothing get in the way. And we were all serious about baseball.
I think that's the way we wanted it, that's kind of how this team prepared.
And I think it didn't hurt us at all.
These guys they were talking about the dominance of Cole's change up.
Did he use it anymore tonight? Not seeing him really all season, did he use it
more than usual? What was the percentage?
CHARLIE MANUEL: About like usual. I like seeing him pull a little
bit more curveballs, but he has a tremendous feel for a pitch. When he throws
a few more curveballs and throws them for strikes, then his change up and
fastball becomes much better.
But that's about normal amount of change ups he throws in the game.
What was the percentage?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I didn't look. I don't know. I'll find out when I
go back in my office.
As well as Cole's pitching this postseason, do you get the feeling your
team leads whenever he starts, do you think that affects your offensive
CHARLIE MANUEL: Yeah, I think -- I hope it don't affect our
offensive production, because tonight I thought we should have scored five or
six runs. At the same time anytime Cole pitches, I feel like we're going to win.
I said that yesterday. And I feel like he's got a good chance to shut somebody
out. And also a chance to throw a no hitter sometimes.
But about the games, the importance of the game, every one of them is
important. We won tonight, and we've got the same mindset. We come back
tomorrow and work on winning tomorrow's game. We don't want to get ahead
Obviously the home crowd is pumped up, but when the third batter of
the game hits a home run, can that take the wind out of the sails?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I can't think of any other way to quiet them
down. That's how you do it. If you want to take the wind out of the sails and
you shut the cow bells up and get some home runs, that will do it. Except in
Citizens Bank Park. If you hit enough there they ring a bell. They ring the
Liberty Bell, so that would be good (laughter.)
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