Monday, August 10, 2009

Happ or Pedro to start Tuesday. Whaaaaaat?

Charlie Manuel has yet to announce Tuesday's starting pitcher in the series opener against the Cubs. It will be either J.A. Happ, who would be pitching on regular rest, or Pedro Martinez. Why is this even a discussion?

The Phillies are in a bit of a slump and need a win in the worst way. Why the organization wouldn't feel more confident that Happ, fresh off his complete game shutout victory over Colorado, could get the job done than Pedro Martinez is astounding.

Manuel has said that Pedro will get several opportunities to showcase his ability as a starting pitcher. That's all well and good, but it shouldn't come at a time that Happ's spot in the rotation would be skipped. Once again, Happ has been the best and most consistent starting pitcher in the Phillies' rotation; therefore giving the team the best chance of victory.

Cliff Lee and Joe Blanton are already slated to pitch games two and three respectively, so if Happ gets skipped he probably wouldn't start until the weekend series in Atlanta. Sure he'd be fresh, but why mess with his rhythm? He's on a hot streak and a routine is an important thing to a professional ballplayer, especially a pitcher. The team needs to keep Happ in his routine and keeping getting production out of his left arm.

Let the aging veteran prove he still has something later, when the team actually needs someone to fill in.

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