If the Joe Blanton or Brett Myers experiments do not work it may be too late to make a trade as the non waiver trade deadline is only 8 days away.
Is all lost if this happens? No. The answer? J.A. Happ.
Happ proved himself worthy of getting a shot in the big leagues in his two starts this year for the Phillies. In his two starts he amassed impressive stats for a rookie in critical games:
11 IP, 4 ER, 8 K, 3.27 ERA
In his last two outings since he returned to Lehigh to pitch for the AAA IronPigs, Happ has been terrific.
13 IP, 3 ER, 20 K, 2.08 ERA
Bringing Kyle Kendrick up to the Phillies from AA Reading last year worked very well. That doesn’t mean this is bound to work perfectly, but he has earned another start if Blanton or Myers falter or a pitcher suffers an injury. The future of home grown pitching talent is bright for the Phillies. In a year or two, the Phillies could have a rotation of Hamels, Kendrick, Happ, Carrasco and Bastardo.
For now, the team must rely on Myers who makes his first start for the Phillies since his demotion to Lehigh tonight at Shea Stadium against the Mets.