Happ>Moyer>Pedro or Happ>Pedro>Moyer?
With JA Happ's 2nd complete game shutout of the season he hopefully cemented his place in the Phillies rotation. He currently ranks 6th in the NL in ERA (2.74) and 7th in WHIP (1.12). He has been the MVP of the Phils pitching staff. He's also lining himself up for a run at the NL Rookie of the Year award. If the Phils were to take him out of the rotation I would make it my personal crusade to riot the front office.
Jamie Moyer has never had an ERA below 3.27 in his 23 seasons, and currently sitting on a horrific 5.55 ERA. He's a great guy and professional in every sense of the word, so removing him from the rotation might come as disrespectful. Not to mention, he's still under contract for next season. Charlie Manuel pleads Moyer's case for a spot in the rotation by stating he has won 256 MLB games compared to Happ's 9. I love and appreciate everything he's meant to this organization over the past few seasons, but that does not mean he's exempt from criticism or demotion. Like Corey said yesterday, now is not the time for nostalgia.
Pedro Martinez who pitched 6 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, and struckout 11 in Reading last night seems ready for his return to the majors. I knew there would be this humongous debate over whose spot in the rotation he takes and my answer is- nobodies. Keep both Happ and Moyer in the rotation and let Pedro come up and go maximum effort for an inning or so at a time and see how his stuff pans out in relief. I think we all might just be surprised to see a Chan Ho Park-like outcome. Realistically Moyer and Pedro are going to give you a similar outing when starting: 5-6 ip, around 4 runs. Thing is, Pedro would likely be more effective in the bullpen compared to Moyer, because of their pitching repertoire. The Phils feel like they owe Moyer a spot in the rotation, and to an extent they do, but they don't owe Pedro jack-squat.
Day game to wrap up the 3 game set with Colorado. As Wheels would put it, "Worm-burner" Aaron Cook for the Rockies with Cliff Lee for the Phils making his Citizens Bank Park debut.