Blanton, Hamels, Halladay to face Mets
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay will pitch this weekend against the Mets.
It allows Philadelphia to pitch Hamels, Halladay and Roy Oswalt the final weekend of the season in a three-game series against Atlanta at Turner Field, if needed.
Dubee only confirmed the rotation through the weekend, but the Phils could have Oswalt open their three-game series against the Nationals at Nationals Park on Sept. 27. Kyle Kendrick would pitch on nine days of rest Sept. 28 and Blanton would pitch the series finale on normal rest Sept. 29. Hamels would pitch with five days of rest Oct. 1 against the Braves. Halladay and Oswalt, who also would be pitching on five days of rest, would pitch Oct. 2 and 3 to finish the season.
If the Phils clinch the National League East before the series in Atlanta, they could rest the Big Three in preparation for the NL Division Series.