Things got chippy by the Bay as the Phillies lost to the able Giants. Meanwhile, 4 p.m. marks the end of the non-waiver trade period. Are the Phillies done dealing?
As Cliff Lee watched from the dugout, the reigning Cy Young winner probably had second thoughts on whether his new team was as good as everyone said they were. Watching the man he’ll quite possibly replace in the rotation, Rodrigo Lopez, surrender seven runs and a pair of walks in only four innings, he also watched a series of costly defensive misplays, leading to four unearned runs. While Charlie Manuel has yet to make a final decision, pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters, unofficially, that J.A. Happ will pitch Wednesday, signaling a possible bullpen assignment for the 33-year-old right-hander, whose situation was already sticky with the looming presence of Pedro Martinez.
Lee will debut tonight, six hours after the non-waiver trade deadline. By then, we’ll know whether Ruben Amaro Jr. has closed the book on making any more moves. Lost in all the hubbub is the fact the Phils have lost two ugly games in a row, a reminder that with over two months to go, there’s still plenty more to prove.