Game 3, Oct 10: Cole Hamels.
Game 4 presumably would be Halladay and Game 5 presumably would be Oswalt. The Phillies will be playing the National League Central champion Reds.
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," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Friday'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 righties.
"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."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel provided a bit of a scare for fans Friday, when he cryptically said the club is "a little concerned" about Hamels. Dubee tried to douse those concerns when he said Hamels has been battling a head cold and nothing more.
"That's [darn] good," said Dubee, asked about Hamels' left arm. "He just threw right now [in a bullpen session]. He looked real good."