DENVER - The cold and snow in Colorado scrapped plans for Pedro Martinez's first postseason start in five years.
Game 3 of the Phillies-Rockies NL division series was postponed a day because of weather Saturday better suited for cross country skiing. About an hour before the scheduled start, it was 24 degrees.
The delay prompted a pitching switch by the Phillies, with LHP J.A. Happ going to the mound today instead of RHP Martinez, 37.
The Rockies are sticking with former Rays RHP Jason Hammel in the best-of-five series, which is tied at 1.
Moreover, the snowout allowed Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel to go with an all-lefty rotation against a Rockies team that sports potent left-handed hitters in Todd Helton, Ian Stewart, Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, Brad Hawpe and Jason Giambi.
"I thought it was a tremendous way of putting all of our left-handed pitchers on them," said Manuel, who will go with Game 1 winner Cliff Lee on Monday against Colorado RHP Ubaldo Jimenez. That will allow Phillies LHP Cole Hamels to pitch on regular rest Tuesday in Philadelphia if a Game 5 is necessary.
The Rockies went 27-26 against left-handed starters during the season and 65-44 against righties. They hit .253 against lefties, .264 against righties.
"I like left-handed pitchers against this team," Manuel said.
With Martinez on the mound, the Rockies would have used their most potent lineup with Stewart at third base, Smith in left and maybe Gonzalez in center.
The Phillies holed up in their hotel Saturday with only a few players, including Happ, heading to the ballpark for some work.
"I didn't throw off the mound. I just went over there to get some work in and then to just play some catch a little bit, just kind of trying to stay on the normal routine I would a day before I start," Happ said.
OCTOBERRRRR: Despite the problems with cold weather, Manuel said it's just part of postseason baseball.
"Ever since I can remember, baseball is played this way and if you happen to be in a city where you can have this kind of weather, or the kind of weather we had in Philadelphia last year, really, I've heard people say they should move it to a place where it's warm and sunny and everything like that," Manuel said.
"I disagree with that, because I think when fans come to see their team play all year long, 162 games, 81 at their hometown, I think they deserve a right to see their team during the playoff and World Series."
HOLLIDAY GREETINGS: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa encouraged fans to give LF Matt Holliday a warm reception when he returned to St. Louis, figuring he could use a pick-me-up after his gaffe in Game 2.
The crowd at Busch Stadium let out a loud cheer for Holliday during introductions, then gave an extra-loud, extra-long cheer when he settled under Andre Ethier's slicing fly ball down the line in the first. The fans also rose to their feet when he came up with two on and one out in the bottom half and were still clapping even after he grounded out weakly to the pitcher.
Holliday made a costly error in Game 2, misjudging a fly ball with two outs in the ninth that set up the tying and winning runs for the Dodgers.
RESILIENT ROCKIES: The Rockies' Gonzalez said his team was able to bounce back from a 1-0 deficit in Philadelphia and even the series because of the resiliency it honed during its bounceback from a 20-32 record to finish 92-70.
"The thing that helped us is we were in a really hard situation early in the year when nobody believed in this team. We were out of everybody's plans," he said. "We never stopped thinking about reaching the playoffs and playing the baseball that we've had in our hearts.
"Now we're tied with the champions from last year, so everything is good for the Rockies."
VETERAN AILING: Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer is recovering at a Philadelphia hospital from a blood infection. Moyer's wife, Karen, said in an e-mail that her husband is fine after an infection following abdominal surgery. Moyer, 46, was expected to stay another night at the hospital.