Halladay to start NLCS Game 1 vs. Giants

PHILADELPHIA - October 14, 2010

The Phillies' manager announced Thursday that Roy Hallday will start in Game 1 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants.

He'll be followed by Roy Oswalt in Game 2 and Cole Hamels in Game 3.

The Phillies' three aces have 11 All-Star games, one Cy Young Award, one NLCS MVP award, one World Series MVP award, one perfect game and one no-hitter on their impressive resumes.

Game 1 is Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Halladay finished 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA in his first season in Philadelphia. He led the majors in wins, complete games (nine), shutouts (four) and innings (250 2-3).

Halladay threw a perfect game in May, and nearly matched that in his playoff debut. He tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history in Game 1 of the division series against Cincinnati.

The addition of Oswalt - he was acquired in a trade with Houston on July 29 - significantly bolstered the Phillies' rotation. The three-time All-Star was Philadelphia's best pitcher down the stretch, and Hamels turned his game up after Oswalt's arrival.

The Phillies finished sixth with a 3.67 ERA this season. They were sensational against the Reds, allowing the NL's best-hitting team to score just three earned runs in the franchise's first postseason sweep.

The Giants led the majors with a 3.36 ERA. They overmatched the injury-decimated Braves in the first round, posting a 1.66 ERA in four games, each decided by one run.

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