Manuel Announces NLCS Rotation

Charlie Manuel announced this morning on WIP his rotation for the National League Championship Series:

Game 1: Roy Halladay.

Game 2: Roy Oswalt.

Game 3: Cole Hamels.

Game 4: Joe Blanton.

Game 5: Roy Halladay.

Game 6: Roy Oswalt.

Game 7: Cole Hamels.

Nothing surprising there. I thought maybe they might flip Oswalt and Hamels, but it works either way. I figured Blanton would start — Manuel said they might go with Halladay, but only if they’re down in the series — because it only makes sense to have Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels on normal rest in Games 5, 6 and 7. The Phillies have never pitched anybody on short rest in postseasons past, so why would they start now with their best rotation? Pitching should not be the issue this series. If the Phillies hit a little bit, they should win.


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strange since Hammels does real bad at SF and Oswalt has been so good there, but gotta trust Charlie…

f.i.j.: Maybe if Oswalt was still with the Astros … Otherwise, he has better numbers against SF than either Halladay or Hamels this season. But it really doesn’t matter, does it?

I don’t think the rotation really matters. The only thought I had about it is that Cole made noise last year that he didn’t like to pitch in day games. But that was last year when he had a lot of issues, and I don’t think it is a problem.
Patience. That’s what it will take against the Giants pitching. They issue the third highest amount of BB’s in the NL, so the Phillies have to make them throw strikes. Sanchez leads the entire league in BB’s.

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