The Phillies may be taking nothing for granted, but last night's win and injury to Jamie Moyer could force the Phillies to look ahead and rearrange the puzzle pieces.
With limited information on the state of Moyer's groin (my groin's doing just fine, thanks), the Phillies could find themselves lacking relievers able to take extra frames. Not only that, ironically, the guys who have the least amount of bullpen experience seem to inspire the most confidence heading down the stretch. Injuries and ineffectiveness make the status of several pitchers, like Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Brett Myers and Park, questionable as the team begins to consider how to shape the postseason roster. Last night, the Phils received a decent start from Happ, and tonight, they'll send Pedro Martinez to the hill, his first since straining his neck in the follow-up to that 130-pitch prime-time victory over the Mets. These two starts could go a long way in deciding that playoff rotation.
Besides the East, there's lots to decide. If Moyer is indeed healthy, does he stick around for the postseason? Does Happ stay in the rotation, or will the situation dictate moving his springy arm back to the bullpen?