Phillies' probable postseason roster
The Phillies have until 10 a.m. Wednesday to finalize their roster for the National League division series. Although nothing has been set, the Phillies certainly have an idea how it will look. Outfielder Greg Golson, righthander Kyle Kendrick, infielder Mike Cervenak, and infielder Andy Tracy are headed to the Florida Instructional League today, which helps make the picture clearer.
The Phillies have until 10 a.m. Wednesday to finalize their roster for the National League division series.
Although nothing has been set, the Phillies certainly have an idea how it will look. Outfielder Greg Golson, righthander Kyle Kendrick, infielder Mike Cervenak, and infielder Andy Tracy are headed to the Florida Instructional League today, which helps make the picture clearer.
Based on that information - and also that infielder Tadahito Iguchi is ineligible for postseason play because he joined the team after Aug. 31 - here is an educated guess at how the roster could look:
Pitchers (11): Joe Blanton, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, J.C. Romero and Rudy Seanez. Lefthander J.A. Happ has not been told if he is headed to the instructional league. He is a candidate to make the postseason roster, but it remains unclear who would be out if he is in.
Catchers (2): Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz.
Infielders (6): Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.
Outfielders (6): Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, Matt Stairs, So Taguchi, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.
Choosing Taguchi over Golson would indicate the Phillies value experience over speed. Taguchi hit just .220 (20 for 91) with nine RBIs this season, but has played in eight postseason series and was a valuable hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Although Taguchi has struggled as a pinch-hitter this season, Golson has just six at-bats and no hits in the big leagues.
But, again, the Phillies have until 10 a.m. Wednesday to finalize everything.
Hamels gets the nod
confirmed what everyone expected after the Phillies clinched the East on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals: Hamels will pitch Game 1 on Wednesday vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
Manuel said he has not set the rest of his rotation for the series.
Victorino is OK
Victorino said his bruised right leg is OK, and he will be able to play Wednesday. Victorino was hurt Saturday when he collided with Rollins going after a fly ball.
Big names sit
Because yesterday's game against Washington didn't matter, Manuel had a different look to his lineup. Jenkins started in right field for the first time since Aug. 22. Taguchi started in left, his first start since June 1. Coste played first base for the first time since May 24, 2007.
Lou Marson, Golson and Cervenak made their first starts in the majors. In the 8-3 victory, Marson went 2 for 4 and hit a two-run home run to left field in the eighth inning. Teammates purposely did not greet Marson as he entered the dugout, so he high-fived imaginary teammates instead.
"I kind of figured," Marson said. "That was funny, but everybody has been great to me on the team. It's been fun."
"He's going to be a good big-league player," Manuel said. "He has a chance to be very good. He hits the ball a lot to right field, but today he pulled his home run to left. It's just a matter of time until he learns to really handle pitches and hit the ball out front more. He's got a chance to be a real good hitter."
Kendrick goes four
Kendrick allowed four hits and three runs in four innings, starting in place of Hamels, who rested.
"All in all, I threw some change-ups and off-speed stuff for strikes," Kendrick said.
That is the goal for Kendrick in Florida.
"I just want to work on my change-up more," he said. "Throw my slider. Hopefully, we can get out of this first round quick, so I can be with the team."
The iron man
Howard pinch-hit for pitcher
with two outs in the sixth inning. He singled and scored on Iguchi's triple into the right-field corner. Howard has played in 277 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in baseball. Minnesota Twins first baseman
is second at 248 consecutive games.
Walrond (1-1) picked up his first big-league win with two scoreless innings in relief. . . . Eagles coach
sent a congratulatory text message to Manuel before the game. . . . The Phillies set a single-season attendance record with 3,422,583 fans. They had 50 sellouts, which also is a single-season record. . . . Manuel set a career best as manager with 92 victories.