So. . .
All week, Sunday looked like it was going to be 12 hours of Philadelphia sporting excellence. You were going to go to church in the morning, get home, throw some sausages on the grill, crack open a few root beers, plop down on the couch, and watch the Eagles take on the Rams. After watching the 4 p.m. NFL game, you'd do some sit-ups, take a shower, start scooping chili from the Crock Pot, then watch Cole Hamels square off against Johan Santana with a chance to either sweep the Mets or pull to within two games of first.
Now, Hanna has messed it all up.
Now, the Eagles start at 1 p.m. and the Phillies start at 2:15 p.m. and you are going to have to decide how to handle the situation.
It should be a fascinating look at Remote Control strategy.
Do you watch the Phils game and switch to the Eagles game between innings?
Do you ignore the Phillies game, watch the entire Eagles game, then switch over at 4 p.m. to catch the final few innings of the baseball game?
Do you watch the baseball game at halftime and during commercials?
These are the things I think about when I am sitting inside with nothing to do because it is raining outside.
Let's take a little more of an in-depth look at the Phillies' pitching options in the wake -- no pun in intended -- of Hanna's postponement of today's game.
1) The Phillies will keep LHP Jamie Moyer against Mets righty Pedro Martinez in the first game of the doubleheader tomorrow, which is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on Philly 57
2) LHP Cole Hamels will start the nightcap against LHP Johan Santana
3) RHP Joe Blanton, who has struggled in his past couple starts, will start the series-opener against the Marlins on Monday. This will be Blanton's first career start against the Fishies.
4) The Phillies will likely need two more starters besides Hamels, Myers, Moyer and Blanton. They'll need one Tuesday, and they'll need one Thursday, since Moyer and Hamels would both be on three days rest at that point. Theoretically, they could start Hamels or Moyer on short rest. But after seeing all the hoopla their decision to start Hamels on his normal rest Sunday created, and seeing as though they want to get Moyer all the rest he can, neither of them are going to go early.
5) The two options would seem to be RHP Kyle Kendrick, whom the team skipped this past time to get Hamels against the Mets on Sunday, and lefty J.A. Happ, who pitched well in two July starts but couldn't get another opportunity.
6) I theorize that the Phillies will elect to start Happ against the Marlins on Tuesday. Kendrick pitched six scoreless against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 6, but he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in Miami in July. In his only career start against the Brewers, he allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings last August.