Phillies keep rotation order the same for NLCS

Phillies keep rotation order the same for NLCS

PHILADEPLHIA -- The Phillies made no changes to their rotation for the National League Championship Series.

Roy Halladay will pitch Game 1 on Saturday against San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. Roy Oswalt will pitch Game 2 on Sunday against Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Cole Hamels will pitch Game 3 on Tuesday at AT&T Park against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.

Joe Blanton is scheduled to pitch Game 4 against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

The setup allows the Phillies to pitch Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels twice in the series on normal or extra rest.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he is "a day-to-day guy" when asked if there is any chance Halladay could pitch Game 4 on short rest. That only seems possible if the Phillies are trailing in the series.

The Phillies could have flipped Oswalt and Hamels in the rotation, but did not. Hamels is 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants, but is better at Citizens Bank Park (2-1, 3.41 ERA in four starts) against the Giants than at AT&T Park (2-1, 6.12 ERA in four starts). Oswalt is 6-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 17 career starts against San Francisco. He is 3-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 10 starts at AT&T Park, although he has a 2.35 ERA in his last three starts there.

"I like Cole pitching in AT&T Park," Manuel said. "I like it because of the size of the park and everything."

Because Blanton is scheduled to start Game 4, the Phillies certainly will carry an 11th pitcher on their roster. Kyle Kendrick is expected to get the nod, which means the Phillies will have to drop a player from their bench. It could be either infielder Greg Dobbs or outfielder Domonic Brown.