UPDATE: By virtue of having the best record, the Phillies can select whether to begin the Division Series on Wednesday or Thursday next week.

The Phillies, as expected, have selected Wednesday, manager Charlie Manuel said.

Wednesday was the better option for the Phillies because it means they don't need a fourth starter and can bring back expected Game 1 starter Roy Hallday for Game 4.

The series would begin Wednesday and Friday in Philadelphia, travel day Saturday, Game 3 on the road Sunday, Game 4 on the road Monday, if necessary. Game 5 would be back in Philadelphia on Wedneday, if necessary.

The other NLDS begins Thursday and Friday with an off day Saturday, Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Monday. Game 5 would be Wednesday.

With the best record, they'll have the opportunity to send either Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels or Roy Oswalt to the mound for 17 of their 19 potential playoff games.

Manager Charlie Manuel said that he had decided on a Game 1 starter but that he was not ready to announce it. But he and pitching coach Rich Dubee all but said it would be Halladay.

Here's a projected playoff rotation, although the Phillies could very well decide to make Oswalt the Game 2 starter.


Oct. 6 - Game 1 - Halladay
Oct. 7 - Off
Oct. 8 - Game 2 - Hamels
Oct. 9 - Off
Oct. 10 - Game 3 - Oswalt
Oct. 11 - Game 4 - Halladay (Normal Rest)
Oct. 12 - Off
Oct. 13 - Game 5 - Hamels (Normal Rest)


Oct. 16 - Game 1 - Halladay
Oct. 17 - Game 2 - Hamels
Oct. 18 - Off
Oct. 19 - Game 3 - Oswalt
Oct. 20 - Game 4 - Blanton
Oct. 21 - Game 5 - Halladay
Oct. 22 - Off
Oct. 23 - Game 6 - Hamels
Oct. 24 - Game 7 - Oswalt

World Series

Oct. 27 - Game 1 - Halladay
Oct. 28 - Game 2 - Hamels
Oct. 29 - Off
Oct. 30 - Game 3 - Oswalt
Oct. 31 - Game 4 - Blanton
Nov. 1 - Game 5 - Halladay
Nov. 2 - Off
Nov. 3 - Game 6 - Hamels
Nov. 4 - Game 7 - Oswalt


Pitching coach Rich Dubee said there is a "real good chance" that Roy Halladay has pitched for the last time in the regular season.

Halladay earned his 21st win of the season last night in the NL East clincher and has logged 250.2 innings, the most he has thrown since 266 innings in 2003.


Having clinched the NL East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Phillies essentially have five games to get themselves ready for the postseason. That should mean carefully monitored work for the pitching staff, and plenty of at-bats for players who have not seen much action during the stretch run.

Tonight, Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup for the first time since straining his hamstring on Sept. 8. He's leading off tonight (Shane Victorino has the day off).

Ben Francisco gets the start in right field, his first start since Sept. 5. Brian Schneider, who has played in just five of the last 28 games, is behind the plate.

Domonic Brown is in the starting line-up for the first time since Sept. 6. The rookie outfielder has had just one at-bat since his last start.

The complete line-up:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS

  2. Raul Ibanez LF

  3. Chase Utley 2B

  4. Ryan Howard 1B

  5. Ben Francisco CF

  6. Domonic Brown RF

  7. Greg Dobbs 3B

  8. Brian Schneider C

  9. Roy Oswalt RHP