Manuel Keeps Quiet on Big Roy, Rotation, NLCS Roster
Charlie Manuel talked to reporters for 15 minutes before today’s simulated game at Citizens Bank Park.
Here’s a synopsis:
He said they have not decided on their rotation for the NLCS. Manuel wouldn’t even say Roy Halladay would pitch Game 1. Seriously.
“You can assume whatever you want to assume,” Manuel said. “I’m not trying to be cute.”
But then Manuel finally tipped his hand.
“Big Roy is Big Roy,” he said.
Halladay will pitch Game 1. Not sure about the rest. Manuel said they definitely could pitch Joe Blanton in Game 4, which would allow the Phillies to pitch Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels on normal rest in Games 5, 6 and 7.
Manuel also said they have decided nothing on their NLCS roster, although they would carry 11 pitchers instead of 10 if they decide Blanton will start Game 4.