It appears we here at WSBGM's were right all along and JA Happ should have been in the starting rotation from the get-go. Thankfully the Phils brass realized the errors of their ways and rendered their mistake. Happ went 5.1 solid innings, and would have had a better line if not for Chad Durbin's inability to strand runners.
Cole was unsatisfied with his 2 run 6 inning effort against the Yankees this past weekend, and vows to do better. That's a likely scenario against the Nationals, as he has a 0.39 ERA in his last 7 starts facing the club. He'll be opposed by surprising rookie Shairon Martis (5-0, 4.86 ERA).
To land a pitcher like Jake Peavy or Erik Bedard, the Phils will have to send highly touted prospects to the Padres or Mariners. My favorite prospect, Reading outfielder Michael Taylor, is currently batting .342/1.006 with 27 r, 9 hr, 37 rbi, and 8 sb. I envision him taking over for Werth in 2011, but not if dealt. Another name sure to draw interest is Kyle Drabek, who just pitched a shutout last night and is now 4-1 on the season with a 2.48 ERA over 61.2 ip with 74 k.