J.A. Happ (0-0, 5.71) makes his fourth-career start tonight and first since July 9 when the Phillies continue their series with Jair Jurrjens (13-9, 3.62) and the Braves. First pitch is 7:05 ET.
Summary: In a decision that came down to Happ and Kyle Kendrick, manager Charlie Manuel and the Phillies decided on the 25-year-old left-hander who posted a 3.60 ERA with impressive strikeout totals for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Meanwhile, the Phils are considering sending Kendrick to the instructional leagues this fall, hoping for the same results they got from Brett Myers when he departed on his three-week minor-league refresher. “Kyle needs a break,” Manuel told the media. “Mentally and physically, he’s in a down period right now. It’s a longer season than the minor leagues. He’s at the point where shutting him down for a while might be good for him.”
Happ, who last pitched 3 1-3 innings of long relief Sept. 9 against Florida, has many believers among Beerleaguers. Tonight, their faith will be tested as Happ toes the rubber for the front-running Phils, who lead the Mets by a half game in the NL East with 11 games to play.
Lineups are posted: Jayson Werth hits third. Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz earn starts.