Ryan Howard's ridiculous September:
Avg HR RBI OPS----------------------------
.396 8 22 1.448
Happ-y Days Are Here Again
"It came down between (Happ) and Kendrick," said Charlie Manuel, "and we thought Happ was our best option."
Kendrick's last ten starts (3-6 with a 7.63 ERA) made this an easy decision for Charlie and the crew. He has solidified his position OUT of the rotation for the remainder of the year and has left the Phils hoping to get a solid start out of somebody. Anybody. Happ is that body tonight.
The Braves will throw Jair Jurrjens (13-9, 3.64). He's faced the Phils once this year, going 8 innings and giving up only 3 hits without surrendering a run.
Cuz I'm Free...Free Fallin'
After losing to the pathetic Gnats, David Wright had this to say, "This is what makes it fun...This is what you work hard for." Huh? I think I know what he means (fun being in a playoff race, etc.) but that is a funny way of putting it following a bad loss. I think I would have chosen my words more carefully...
The Mets look to continue their trademark September plummet against the Gnats. It will be Brandon Knight for the Mets against Gnats rookie Shairon Martis. Santana goes for the Mets tomorrow, so this is the last chance for the Gnats to steal another in this series.
Elsewhere, there doesn't see to be any Dale Sveum magic in Brewer Land as CC Sabathia lost his first game in the National League. The Phils are now a game up on the Brewers for the Wild Card. My buddy Ben Sheets goes for the brewers tonight against Jason Marquis.