Charlie Manuel's post-game body language was probably the lousiest I've seen since this rough stretch began. We peppered him with questions about Brett Myers' future, and he really didn't have any answers. For those who didn't catch the game, Myers had one of his worst perfromances of the season. He gave up a home run on his second pitch of the game and it was all down hill from there.
He was finally lifted after failing to retire any of the five batters he faced in the third inning.
Thanks to a grand slam by Pedro Feliz, Myers took a no decision. Which is appropriate, because right now there is no decision as to his future.
Manuel said he would talk to Myers, pitching coach Rich Dubee and general manager Pat Gillick about the Phillies' options when it comes to Myers' spot in the rotation.
One of the beat writers asked Manuel if Myers job is "secure."
“Can I say his job is secure?” Manuel said. “I don’t know what to say if you want to know the truth. We have to find somebody to do his job first, I guess. He had a tough outing.”
But don't get all hot and bothered just yet. The Phillies don't really have many options besides Myers. You can point to Chad Durbin, but they need to get him stretched out first. And you don't want to stretch him out and then send him right back to the bullpen and risk ruining what seems to be a good thing in the 'Pen.
Kris Benson? Even if he is lights out at Triple A on Sunday, the Phillies aren't going to rush him up.
Pat Gillick has said repeatedly he doesn't think any of the team's prospects - Carlos Carrasco, namely - is ready yet. Besides, you don't want to throw a young kid into this situation, do you?
Probably their best option right now is to give someone other than Myers a spot start: Perhaps J.A. Happ, who did it last year and has been OK this season at Lehigh Valley, or maybe Travis Blackley, a lefty who has performed well as of late for the IronPigs.
"Those are things that we discuss," Manuel said. "When things go bad, we are always concerned and we always discuss things. I told you a few outings ago, we're trying to get him right. We go from there."
Other excerpts from Manuel:
"Tonight was a rough outing for him. You've got a five run lead and he walks (three) in one inning."