The Philadelphia Phillies are playoff bound for the fifth consecutive season but it took the entire 162 game regular season schedule, with the final game going 13 innings, to determine their opponent. The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Phillies in the 2011 NLDS. So now it's time for the teams to complete their 25-man playoff rosters.
For this largely veteran Phillies team most of the slots will be filled with the familiar faces who have played all year but there are still some questions. Completed rosters must be filed with the Commissioner’s office Saturday morning but until then, at least two spots on the Phillies roster are up for grabs.
The latest word is that according to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, there’s a “good possibility” that the team will carry 11 pitchers (as opposed to last year’s 10) in the first round of the playoffs. With that in mind, here’s a look at the roster spots that seem locked:
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt
Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo, Michael Stutes, Brad Lidge, Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick
Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload
Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry, Jr., Ben Francisco
Those 23 spots seem pretty solid but what about the other two? Those roster positions will most likely be filled by another reliever and another infielder. The odds seem to change with every pitch but here are some favorites and some long shots.