The Game 5 suspension seemed like a victory of sorts for the Rays in that the Phillies got just six innings in awful weather out of starter Cole Hamels. Even Hamels, who was attempting to become the first to go 5-0 in a postseason, rued the way his "last start" ended.
But if the Rays extend the World Series to seven games, it wouldn't be shocking to see Hamels on the mound on three days' rest in Game 7. Manager Charlie Manuel is worried about getting through the last 3-1/2 innings of Game 5 first, though.
"He definitely was on course to go seven innings and maybe eight," Manuel said. "He was our best pitcher and we were going to try to get the most out of him, of course. (But) we got 12 outs and they got nine coming. We feel like we're strong and we can win and we're ready to play the game."
YOUR MOVE: Manuel will have the first decision to make with Hamels' spot in the order due up against right-handed reliever Grant Balfour. Manuel said he would not use any starting pitchers in the game as relievers.
OH, NO: A sense of fatalism and a measure of anger had set in with callers to area talk-radio shows Tuesday. Some thought God didn't want the Phillies to win a World Series and had set up the most painful scenario possible to blow it.
Hamels preferred to joke about the oddity of it all.
"You got to make the World Series trivia, something memorable, and I think this definitely will do so just from the uncertainty of the weather and the atmosphere," he said.
Fans were also incensed MLB allowed the game to begin, first because they believed the Rays took advantage of the poor conditions more than the Phillies. B.J. Upton's two-out single to spark the tying sixth was likely handled by SS Jimmy Rollins on a less weather-challenged night. Second, many sat in the rain and 40 degrees for hours and were not pleased to wake up with a sniffle.
The 3 1/2 innings to be played, presumably tonight, at Citizens Bank Park were viewed as a shootout for the season. The sentiment had been that Phillies fans wanted to watch their team celebrate a title at home. Now, they seem less optimistic there will be a celebration if the Series returns to Tropicana Field for Game 6.