In the words of Darth Vader, J.A. Happ was "Impressive, most impressive." Last night's performance was a strong statement from Happ on his future in the pitching rotation. Just hours after the Phillies put out an article entitled "Happ's spot in rotation may be tenuous" Happ goes out and pitches a masterpiece; a 4 hit, complete game shutout. Happ's numbers were again strong, as Happ makes he case to stay in the rotation and Rookie of the Year. In addition to giving up just four hits, Happ had 10K's and only 2 walks. Happ has been incredible this year, in only 14 starts, Happ leads the team in Complete Games and Shutouts at 2. On the year, Happ has appeared in 26 games (14 starts) and is 8-2 with 2.74 with 86 K's and only 37 walks.
In other news, Pedro had his best rehab start to date for AA Reading. Pedro struck out 7 of the first 10 batters. Pedro had a rough 6th inning and gave up 3 of his 4 runs. But the good news is Pedro had a fastball that reached 93 MPH, was hitting his locations, gave up only 5 hits, no walks, and an impressive 11 K's.
I think Pedro is on his way to Philadelphia and this was probably his last rehab start. I like many others, don't know what the Phillies are going to do. This is the first time I can remember that the Phillies were so rich in pitching, which is a great problem to have, as long as it does not hurt the team chemistry.
That's all for now, going to the game today to see Cliff Lee's first home start.
Hopefully today will be another day where EVERYBODY HITS! WOOHOO!!!!