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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Game 21: Shockingly, Chan Ho Park doesn't pitch well (11-10)

Mr. Graham and I have been saying since February that J.A. Happ is the most qualified pitcher to fill the number-5 spot in the Phillies rotation. Unfortunately, Chan Ho Park pitched very well in Spring Training (March: the month where pitchers are made). Even more unfortunate than Park's Spring performance: the fact that the Phillies decided one month against minor leaguers could translate into 6 months against major leaguers. The man is 35 years old, and it's been over 5 years since he's actually been a decent starting pitcher.

So, when Park allows 7 runs in 4 2/3 innings against division-rival New York Mets, it's very frustrating for the staff of CharliesManuel. Happ should be the fifth starter, and we are going to repeat that phrase until it happens. Now, it's possible that Park may string a couple good starts together, but it's more likely for that to happen if Happ were in his position.

As for the actual game tonight, I would have started Dobbs and Stairs in place of Feliz and Werth, simply because of Pelfrey's struggles against lefties (read the previous post for further analysis). Feliz and Werth combined to go 2 for 7 on the night, while Dobbs was 1 for 1 in a PH appearance. If Happ were on the mound tonight with Dobbs and Stairs in the lineup, perhaps the outcome would have been much different.

1 comment:

Scott Graham said...

I agree Dobbs should have started.

However, he did not. What he did contribute tonight was a rally-killing base running blunder