Who Goes To The Pen: Martinez, Happ, Or Even Moyer?
There has been lots of talk about who's movin' on down to the bullpen in The City of Brotherly Love. With Pedro Martinez making more rehab starts, J.A Happ believes his job as starter might be in jeopardy. The other month, Happ had to worry about packing his bags before getting shipped off to Toronto, but since that didn't happened, now he has to worry about getting shipped off to the bullpen to make way for Pedro. Happ claims that it would be nice to stay in the rotation, but he's not the one who's making decisions in Philly.
That is true, he pitches. Making decisions is in the job descriptions of Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel. It sort of seems like they really don't want to make decisions now. Manuel wouldn't crack about who's picking up the shortest stick in this deal, whether it be J.A., Pedro, and there has been talks that veteran Jamie Moyer might take a seat in the pen. Manuel didn't have much to say when reporters tried to talk to him the other day. I think he wants them to talk to Amaro.
Soon after Manuel was dodging questions, Amaro did some dodging himself. He claims that they expect Martinez to help the team as a starter, but also said Happ deserves to stay in the rotation. He also stated that they were thinking about a six-man rotation. He had nothing to say about Moyer, so maybe Moyer is staying a starter and it is Happ and Martinez who are stuck in this mess.
Now that it is August, we can see October on the horizon. Now it is time to man up and choose, Pedro or J.A. I think the right choice is as clear as day. Martinez was a bit rusty during his games in the minors, but Happ hasn't been throwing his best either lately, but Happ's season has been great overall. Rookie of the Year status, if you ask me.
Leave Happ in the rotation, you know what you're gonna get. Put Pedro in, all you know is that the four and five starters are a combine age of 83. I say leave Happ in the rotation and ship Pedro to the pen, but hey, I'm not the one making decisions...
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