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Phillies choose drawn-out, Big Three-friendly NLDS schedule

Sep 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

By virtue of finishing with the National League’s top record the Phillies got to choose between a seven-day or eight-day schedule for the NLDS, and as expected they picked the drawn-out version that allows them to rely exclusively on the trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the five-game series.
They’ll open the playoffs next Wednesday in Philadelphia, but then have Thursday off while the other three division series play that day. The extra off day allows them to skip fourth starter Joe Blanton, and helps set them up to potentially lean on The Big Three to start 17 of 19 postseason games overall.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    “potentially lean on The Big Three to start 17 of 19 postseason games overall.”
    or more…nobody is talking about the possibility of Doc pitching 3 games in the World Series, but the dude could obviously do it. If CC did it last year, there’s no reason to think the Phillies wouldn’t try it with Doc this year…especially if they lose either game 1 or 2 in CBP.

  2. Andy - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    I agree with chris… obviously it hurt them last year not using cliff for three games. I’m sure they wont make the same mistake this year. GO PHILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    17 of 19? Who really thinks each series will go to the maximum?
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    That said, the 8 day series helps the Friars or the Dwarves, since they will also have to cross the country. So it was all about keeping the matchup fair. But if that just so happens to allow Cholly to run out the Big 3, well then…
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    Oh, and I almost forgot: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

  4. murd - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I said this last week, but if the Braves don’t go all the way I’m rooting for a Hallady/Price game 7.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    “17 of 19? Who really thinks each series will go to the maximum?”
    Sweet ;)
    “MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!”
    Awesome

  6. Nikoli - Sep 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I’ve said it previously, but if things hold how they are now and the Phillies play the Reds in NLDS, don’t blink or you might miss the series. (Cue one random Reds fan irately defending Reds’ chances citing how they lead NL in 9 offensive categories or something).

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Where is nps6724? He has been conspicuously much less vocal about the Braves since they coughed up the three game lead they had just a few weeks back. Hmm…

  8. Philip P - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Even if Lee had pitched 3 times against the Yanks, they still would have been a win short. Much like the 1986 NLCS when the Mets couldn;t touch Mke Scott, they still took the series in 6 because none of the other Houston starters could pull off a win.

  9. Citi Field Urinal - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Still tough to shake a stick at a team leading the NL in OBP, SLG and HRs against a staff that can give up home runs if it doesn’t miss bats.
    The Phils are the better team, but I wouldn’t say this will be a quick series.

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Halladay was sitting in the dugout last night with a shiteating grin during the game. Kinda like, “ahhhh,i made it to the playoffs, and look at our chances now….”

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Three down, six to go.

  12. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    The Phills are 5-2 against Cinci this season. The Phills swept them at CBP in a 4 game series while the Phills were kinda in a slump. I’m thinking I shouldn’t worry at all.

  13. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Been thinking that for a bit now. With a quick series you can rest some of these guys full in between. It happens all the time.

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Alfred E. Neuman, is that you?

  15. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    He was still buzzed.

  16. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    We can worry about whether to use anyone on three days rest after the Division Series. Let’s not get cocky, although it feels a lot better knowing that teams have to beat H2O at least three times to beat us in any series. That seems a bit less plausible than beating Lee, 2009 Hamels, Pedro, and Blanton four times.

  17. Nikoli - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Look what the Reds do against good pitching. The 3 game series where the Cardinals swept them (right before the Cards collapsed) they were thoroughly dominated by Carpenter/Wainwright/Garcia. They have one hitter that you truly should be worried about (Votto), one that’s had a great comeback year but I’m guessing is wearing down (Rolen), and a bunch of young free swingers who rack up Ks like nobody’s business (Bruce, Stubbs, Gomes, Phillips). Anyway, their hitting aside, they’re trotting out a collection of possibly only righties (Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez) against a pretty lethal collection of left handed bats. Oh, and there closer is Coco Cordero. I’m just sayin.

  18. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Eh…maybe he got busy at work LOL.

  19. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Only thing I will say about this is that the only disappointing game Doc pitched all season long was the one where he gave up the 3-2 8th inning lead to the Reds in Cincy on a bomb by Jay Bruce. Maybe because I was half shot in the ass on the Wildwood boardwalk eating clams and fried shrimp and the packed bar I was at went from euphoria to silence in about 3 seconds. Then the next time he saw the Reds was 9 innings of shut out ball, but he ran into Wood, who took a perfect game into the 9th until Chooch hit a double to left center. Phillies ended up winning, but the Reds were a tough out.
    All of that being said, I agree they will go out in 3 or 4 in the NLDS if anything because the Phillies are seasoned and the Reds haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years.

  20. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    The Cards are weak though. But I do get what you’re saying. It really doesn’t matter who did what regular season. It really is anyone that can take a playoff series from anyone. That I agree with. But Cinci isn’t giving anyone heartburn, let alone the Phills.

  21. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    In a couple ways I am just like him.

  22. Nikoli - Sep 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Right. Obviously anyone can beat anyone come playoff time and that means there’s definitely a possibility that the Reds take the series or take it to 5 games (assuming thats the matchup). It just appears to be an awful, awful matchup for the Reds.

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