Phillies Set NLDS Rotation

halladay 0411 2010.jpgThe Phillies announced their rotation for the National League Division Series, which begins Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Game 1: Roy Halladay.

Game 2 on Oct. 8: Roy Oswalt.

Game 3 on Oct 10: Cole Hamels.

Game 4 presumably would be Halladay and Game 5 presumably would be Oswalt. The Phillies likely will be playing the National League Central champion Cincinnati Reds because they have a worse record the San Francisco Giants, who lead the NL West.

Halladay is the obvious choice to start Game 1.

“In my opinion, he’s the Cy Young award winner and there’s only one of those,” Rich Dubee said before tonight’s game against the Braves at Turner Field. “I think that would be the guy you would want to start. He is 21-10. I think his numbers are probably loftier than the other two guys, even though since Roy Oswalt’s been here he’s been unbelievable.”

The Phillies want Oswalt to start Game 2 at home because he is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 career starts at the Bank. He also is 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 34 appearances (32) starts against the Reds. Hamels makes sense for Game 3 at Great American Ball Park because he is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts there.

“We like him at our place,” Dubee said of Oswalt. “We like him everywhere, but more so at our place where he’s pitched some pretty good games.”

A popular school of thought is to split up the two right-handers with the left-handed Hamels, but Halladay and Oswalt are no ordinary right-handed pitchers.

“Halladay is who he is. Oswalt is who he is,” Dubee said. “They’re different. If you’re splitting up guys who are alike, then you might want to. Those guys are different.”

Charlie Manuel provided a bit of a scare for fans today, when he cryptically said he is concerned about Hamels. Dubee tried to douse those concerns when he said Hamels has been battling a head cold and nothing more.

“That’s damn good,” said Dubee, asked about Hamels’ left arm. “He just threw right now. He looked real good.”

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4 Comments

The way they are setting up the pitching makes the most sense. As long as they aren’t “over-rested”, that is. Hamels will be the only one of the three who will get to face an opponent that is playoff bound before his NLDS start. The Roys are creatures of habit and their success is based on hardwork and a routine. I hope the lack of routine doesn’t cause any problems early in the games they start next week.

Todd, I don’t know if you know this or not, but over on espn.go.com Jason Stark’s page gives a link to “Todd Zolecki’s Blog Zozone”. BUT when you click it, it goes to the philly.com site’s “Phillieszone”. Maybe you can ask Jason Stark to fix that for you so that it links to this blog.

erich, I heard this afternoon that both Hamels and Oswalt will get some work in on Sunday. 3-4 innings apiece. It would be a riot if it meant something to the Braves, which it probably won’t.

Here we go – over-thinking. Just throw your three best guys out and let the games fall where they may. They’re 1, 1A and 1B at this point. C’mon Wednesday!

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