Phils could align Big Three to face Braves

Phils could align Big Three to face Braves

MIAMI -- Expect the Phillies to align the Big Three to face the Atlanta Braves next week at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Monday there is a "good chance" Roy Oswalt will pitch Friday against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, which would allow Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Oswalt to face the Braves next week.

It only would take a simple switch to make it happen.

Kyle Kendrick, who currently is scheduled to pitch Friday, would pitch Saturday. Oswalt, who is scheduled to pitch Saturday, would pitch Friday. Oswalt still would be pitching on normal rest, so there is little risk involved.

"As long as [Oswalt] is feeling fine, there's a real good chance," Dubee said. "I don't think there's any downside to pitching Oswalt, Hamels and Halladay. They are our front three starters. I would think if you have two series with the Braves, you'd want the best guys available, if possible."

The switch also would allow Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt to pitch against the Braves from Oct. 1-3 at Turner Field, if necessary. The Phillies entered Monday's game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium with a one-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.

Oswalt is 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies, who acquired him on July 29. He has the fourth-best ERA in the league over that span. Over that same time period, Hamels is 3-3 with a 2.09 ERA, which ranks fifth in the league, and Halladay is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA, which ranks 21st.