PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have the time to line up their postseason rotation the way they want, but manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee said Monday there is no need to split up left-handers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
Dubee mentioned there could be a day off between starts for Lee and Hamels, which seems likely if Roy Halladay pitches Game 1 as expected. They also are different types of pitchers with Lee relying more on his cutter and Hamels relying more on his changeup.
Oh, and they're also really, really good, so it probably doesn't matter that much.
Manuel and Dubee said it is too early to know if the Phillies will carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the postseason, and if Joe Blanton, Joe Savery and Justin De Fratus have enough time to open some eyes and earn a spot. The Phils have said their minds are open, but Blanton has missed most of the season because of an elbow injury. He has thrown two innings upon his return and his chances seem doubtful. The club sounds more open about Savery and De Fratus, although they would have to be pretty impressive in limited opportunities to knock out an incumbent.
"What are we going to do? Let a guy throw one or two innings and put him on the roster?" Manuel said.
Dubee said he is not concerned about the back of his bullpen heading into the postseason. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo has struggled recently, although Dubee said he thinks he will be fine. Dubee does not believe Bastardo is overworked or tired from a long season.
"It's a mindset," Dubee said.
The bullpen should get a boost with Vance Worley's arrival. He is headed to the bullpen, possibly after Wednesday's start against Washington. Manuel said he would like to get Worley some work out of the bullpen before the postseason.