By pushing Jamie Moyer’s start to Wednesday, which lines him up for a favorable matchup with Florida on Monday, Cole Hamels, who pitches tomorrow, is on schedule to meet C.C. Sabathia on Sunday.
Just a little flip in the rotation, made possible by the off day, makes the next week seem a little easier for an embattled rotation. The Phillies’ upcoming visit to Cincinnati could be a nasty little trap series, but their chances could improve by lining up Hamels against Johnny Cueto (1.93), and allowing Moyer to match up with the more manageable Micah Owings (3.95). Joe Blanton follows and is paired with Aaron Harang (3-4, 3.44) in the finale. As you can see, this trip to Cincy will be no joke as the Phils try not to look ahead to their first visit to new Yankees Stadium and all that comes with it. Looking ahead, next to Raul Ibanez, Brett Myers was the best thing going for the Phils this weekend. He’s paired with A.J. Burnett in a good one in game one. Then it’s Park’s scheduled turn on Saturday, and depending on how the rest of the rotation fares earlier in the week, there could be an opportunity for J.A. Happ to get the call. By carrying an extra pitcher this week in Cincinnati, likely to end once they need a DH, it could allow the Phils to save Happ’s unfamiliar arm for the Yanks. Cole and C.C. look like a match for Sunday.
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