ATLANTA -- The Phillies announced their rotation for the National League Division Series, which begins Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park:
Game 1: Roy Halladay.
Game 2, Oct. 8: Roy Oswalt.
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."
Phils' NLDS pitching staff not yet finalized
ATLANTA -- The Phillies said they have not decided how many pitchers they will carry on their National League Division Series roster.
Manager Charlie Manuel said the number seems to be 11 and 12, while pitching coach Rich Dubee said the number seems to be 10 or 11 because of the days off in the eight-day Division Series.
One of their biggest decisions is carrying two left-handed relievers. Manuel said they would like to carry two, which would make Antonio Bastardo a favorite for a spot.
"I'm not sure how many pitchers you really need in a five-game series," Manuel said.
Phanatic Around Town auction a success
ATLANTA -- The Phanatic Around Town online auction ended last Thursday, raising $251,152 for Phillies Charities.
The Phillie Phanatic statue, which was signed by the entire 2010 team, raised $50,400.
"We are thrilled with the results of the Phanatic Around Town public art program and online auction," Phillies marketing and special projects director Mike Harris said in a statement. "Since the program launched in April, there have been thousands of photos taken with the Phanatic statues, and that excitement has no doubt carried over to the online auction for Phillies Charities.
"Phanatic Around Town was a total team effort, and could not have been done without our partners at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, as well as the 20 artists who created Phanatic masterpieces, the many local attractions who took part, and all our fans who have been incredibly supportive all year in so many ways."
The Phillies will start rookie right-hander Vance Worley on Saturday and left-hander Cole Hamels on Sunday. Worley replaces right-hander Roy Halladay, who is resting in preparation for Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels will be monitored closely. Right-hander Roy Oswalt will follow Hamels out of the bullpen, pitching just enough to keep sharp for Game 2 of the NLDS on Oct. 8. ... Third baseman Placido Polanco, who had a cortisone injection into his left elbow Wednesday, could play Saturday and Sunday. "I might start him [Saturday] and get him a couple at-bats Sunday," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. ... Center fielder Shane Victorino, whose wife had a son Thursday in Las Vegas, will rejoin the team Saturday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.