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Alou may turn to Schmidt
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10/04/2003  1:42 AM ET 
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Jason Schmidt dominated the Marlins in the first game of the 2003 NLDS. (Ben Margot/AP)
MIAMI -- The Giants have a monster of a pitching quandary, and it's a toughie.

Here they are, on the very cusp of elimination in the National League Division Series against the Florida Marlins, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five confrontation heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

Do they send rookie pitcher Jerome Williams against this Wild Card bunch in the biggest game of the season?

Or does Game 1 victor Jason Schmidt come bravely back with three days' rest, giving what manager Felipe Alou says is the Giants' best chance to win?

Alou admits that he wants Schmidt to start, while it appears that pitching coach Dave Righetti has mixed emotions. The latter would hate to see the sore-elbowed veteran hurt himself by pushing too hard. General manager Brian Sabean will also be consulted.

Schmidt has already indicated that he's good to go.

The baseball world will hear the verdict sometime Saturday morning.

"Jason feels good, I was told," said Alou earlier on Friday. "He threw yesterday [in the bullpen] and felt great. He threw on the side as normal preparation for [possible Game 5] on Sunday.

"If Jason is ready, then obviously we've got to go with Jason," said Alou of the veteran right-hander, who blanked the Marlins on a three-hitter in Game 1 last Tuesday in San Francisco.

Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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