96 thoughts on “General Phillies Chatter, Week of August 22

  1. Each week I’m going to amuse myself, and hopefully a few others as I predict the Phils postseason roster. Assumptions will be based on best guesses as to the health of players going forward and will assume no trades or acquisitions will be made from outside the organization. Hopefully this will lead to some interesting debate even though its a non prospect discussion, but hey at least I put it in the right spot…

    25 Man Roster:
    Starting Pitchers (4)
    Halladay
    Hamels
    Lee
    Oswalt

    Relief Pitchers (6)
    Madson
    Bastardo
    Stutes
    Lidge
    Schwimer
    Worley

    Catchers (2)
    Ruiz
    Schneider

    Infielders (7)
    Howard
    Utley
    Rollins
    Polanco
    Gload
    Valdez
    Orr

    Outfielders (6)
    Ibanez
    Victorino
    Pence
    Mayberry
    Francisco
    Moss

    And Those Not on the Roster:
    Next in Line (5)
    Kendrick
    Contreras
    J Perez
    Martinez
    D Brown

    Long Shots (6)
    Blanton
    Herndon
    Carpenter
    Aumont
    Zagurski
    Kratz

    1. I think brown makes the roster because he can take a walk and steal a base. I think Charlie will take Herndon or Kendrick for their sinkers in a dp situation and I think the casualty is a hitter likely Orr or Valdez

    2. I don’t see them only taking 10 pitchers. I also see not shot for Moss or Orr (barring injuries.) Schwim over a healthy Contreras or Kendrick seems highly unlikely as well. I guess it depends how he performs in September.

    3. FWIW, Brown has accumulated 168-169 Days of Service over 2010 and 2011 so far. A player needs 172 Days of Service to have a Year of Service.

      If Brown continues to slump in AAA, the Phils might decide not to bring him up for the playoffs.

      If the Phils do not bring him up again this season, Brown will not be a free agent until after the 2017 season. If they do bring him up this season, he becomes a free agent after the 2016 season (I’m assuming that, beginning with the start of the 2012 season, Brown becomes a member of the 25-man roster and remains on the roster indefinitely.).

    4. I would be amazed if Schwimer is on and Kendrick is off. For that matter, I will be surprised if Schwimer beats out Herndon. At this point, I would be in favor of not having Gload on the post-season roster because of his injury and how it has affected him, however, I don’t see any evidence that Moss will be there. I believe that in order to be on the postseason roster, you have to be on the twenty-five man before the end of August, so we will soon know if Moss could even be considered.

    5. Martinez will make it ahead of Orr; Schwimer will not make it, and neither will Moss. Charlie loves vets for post season, and I agree with that

  2. That’s a really bright list. My issue is that I would like to see Kendrick out of the pen instead of Worley. Worley didn’t respond well when they put him in the bullpen. Kendrick has more experience, too.

    1. The lifetime numbers for Hamels and Weaver are almost Identical, the Phillies should be smiling if Cole Hamels considers a similar deal…I think everyone on this board was thinking $20 million was the floor for negotiations, with Weaver at 17 per over 5 years and Verlander at 16 per over 5 years we should have a firm number to offer before arbitration.

    2. Hamels is young enough to be in line for two big contracts.

      If I were advising Hamels, I would settle for a four-year, $70-75 million deal which would run through his age 31 season.

      Then in 2016 when Doc and Lee should be on the decline and Hamels the No. 1 guy for the Phils, I would push for a six-year max contract to become the highest paid pitcher in the game. In other words, a Cliff Lee deal, but paid in 2016-2021 dollars. That contract should be well in excess of $150 million.

      Even if Hamels gets hurt somewhere along the way, the first deal (the four-year deal) will bring his career earnings to $90-95 million. So, Hamels would not be taking much of a risk by opting for a four-year deal instead of a five-year deal this off-season.

      1. I think at some point you have to look at allocating money towards other areas of the team. The Phillies have already shown good faith by buying out Hamels arbitration years. I think a reasonable position for the team would be 3 years with a club option / buyout for the 4th. There needs to be some discipline in the spending and doling out $60M between three pitchers is not optimal.

        Let’s not forget the sore shoulder is rearing it’s ugly head as well, let’s not give out an outrageous long term contract.

        1. I don’t think a 5 year deal is outrageous whatsoever for someone of Hamels’ age and talent. He has not been paricularly injury prone (knock on wood). I think a 5 year deal in the $90M to $95M range would be a fair contract and a good investment for the Phils.

  3. Something needs to be said about this weekend’s series. I need help, though. It’s 11:00pm and I’m still speechless. I need to pick my jaw off the floor and go to bed and come back tomorrow!

  4. Unfortunately Gload will probably be put on it. His hip must be killing him because he has become a sure fire out.

    1. I agree, I really think Orr would be more productive at this point (although he doesn’t hit for power either), and probably Moss as well.

  5. One comment on Pense
    He certainly is entertaining. Sort of a combo Werth and Lonnie Smith. You are never quite sure what is coming next.

  6. Still would live another LOOGY. Mayberry can play 1st so I’d go with Brown over Gloud. Would love to add Thome too. Kendrick vs Worley or ? Is tough

      1. At least not unless they pick one up that has even a remotely similar value to the righties they have.

      2. I’d sure like to see Choate vs Fielder with 1st and 2nd than Schwimmer. Not using Eyre against Matsui instead of Martinez, who Matsui owned, still haunts me.

  7. Thome is an awesome name drop. If we can somehow land him for the Playoffs that would be a fantastic acquisition. He comes off the bench well and no situation is to big for him. Only 1 problem we are the last to put in a claim and I don’t see any way any of the other contenders don’t put in a claim just to block us from getting him.

  8. I thought it was interesting the way Schwimer pointed up on Espinosa’s HR, as if he thought that it was just a pop-up. Either major league hitters are a lot stronger than the ones he’s been facing in AAA, or Citizens Bank Park is an easier HR park than what he is used to.

    1. It might be a good idea to take a look at Galvis for a few weeks to see what we have. I’d like to see his fielding at the major league level. Any hitting he gives the Phillies at this point would be a bonus, although his batting record this year at AA/AAA has been better than adequate.

  9. I think Savery makes the team in 2012
    Along with a bullpen of:
    Stutes
    Bastardo
    Schwimer
    Herndon
    Contreras
    And Heath Bell
    I would guess Kendrick gets traded or non tendered

    1. If the Phils have to make a decision between signing a reasonable hitting SS who can field (Rollins included) vs. an “established closer”, let’s hope they don’t go the closer route. Some team will overpay for the Bell. It’s better to have a good everyday lineup, though Rollins will likely get overpaid (here or elsewhere) as well.

  10. I like it! However, don’t we need a long man? It seems like we get into extra inning games a lot and I keep thinking, well, if we use up these two guys, there’s no one left! But, yeah, I don’t want to pay Kendrick a ton of money.

  11. Paul Hagen reported the other day that because Thome has a no trade clause, once a team claims him on waivers, he can decline assignment to that team and become a free agent. If he did that he would have to forfeit the remaining half million of his contract. So basically the Twins have to agree to let him go to a contender (and not pull him back off waivers). Then if Thome wants to go to the Phils, he would decline assignment to the team that claimed him, forfeit his contract, and become a free agent. Then sign with the Phils. Seems like a no-brainer on both ends to me. But the Twins have to allow him to pursue this avenue (out of respect and appreciation for his service to them I guess)

  12. I’ll bet Thome has a few coins in the bank. It would be worth it to the phils if they had any empty seats. Hell the small market teams should pay the Phils to get him for draw purposes.
    Washington was sold out and they didn’t have to wreck a young pitchers arm this time.

  13. Here’s some info to clear up any questions on whether a player needs to be on the roster by September 1st to be eligible for the playoff roster:

    To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on any of the following: (a) the 25 man active roster, (b) the disabled list, (c) the bereavement list, or (d) the suspended list as of August 31 at midnight. The only exception is that a player on the 60-day disabled list may be replaced by another player from the team’s 40-man roster (as of August 31) who plays the same position (i.e. position player for position player, or pitcher for pitcher), with the approval of the commissioner of baseball.

    And here is the Phillies current 40 man Roster:

    Antonio Bastardo
    Joe Blanton 60-day DL **
    Drew Carpenter *
    Jose Contreras 15-day DL *
    Justin De Fratus *
    Roy Halladay
    Cole Hamels
    David Herndon
    Kyle Kendrick
    Cliff Lee
    Brad Lidge
    Ryan Madson
    Scott Mathieson *
    Drew Naylor *
    Roy Oswalt
    Juan Perez *
    J.C. Ramirez *
    Michael Schwimer
    Michael Stutes
    Vance Worley
    Mike Zagurski *

    Carlos Ruiz
    Brian Schneider

    Freddy Galvis *
    Harold Garcia *
    Cesar Hernandez *
    Ryan Howard
    Michael Martinez
    Pete Orr *
    Placido Polanco
    Carlos Rivero *
    Jimmy Rollins 15-day DL *
    Chase Utley
    Wilson Valdez

    Domonic Brown *
    Ben Francisco
    Ross Gload
    Raul Ibanez
    John Mayberry
    Hunter Pence
    Shane Victorino

    * Not on Active Roster
    ** Not on 40-Man Roster

  14. A few scenarios:

    Justin DeFratus for example (or any other pitcher on the 40 man roster) could be on the playoff roster even if they are not on major league roster by September 1st. If DeFratus (or Perez or Zagurski) were to come up in September and light it up, they could be placed on the playoff roster by repolacing Joe Blanton who is on the 60 day DL. This is how K-Rod was added to the Angels playoff roster in 2002(controversial at the time). Ironically Blanton is providing the Phillies some flexibility and value by being a fat slob and being on the 60 DL.

    Jim Thome must be on the Phillies roster before September 1st to be on the playoff roster. If there was a hitter on the 60 day DL he would be able to replace them on the playoff roster, but that is not the case here, so he must be on roster by August 31.

    Someone will have to verify this but I believe a guy like Dom Brown can be placed on the playoff roster, even if he is called up on September 1st or later, because of the amount of service time he has accrued this year in the majors. Anyone know how that works for sure?

  15. Our last three losses were during the opponent’s final AB.

    Bastardo had filthy stuff yesterday – just missed location badly for one pitch.

    I have to believe that when the bullpen is at full strength, Manuel will make better choices in the postseason.

    Getting very sour on Gload for the postseason. I like Brown and Orr for Gload and Martinez. Also keep another real reliever (Schwimer or maybe Contreras) instead of Worley.

    Thome would be an awesome pickup.

  16. Mayberry with another home run. He has to be in the lineup every day. Interesting that Charlie gave him a start against a right-handed pitcher.

  17. The Phillies have signed Carlos Tocci, a 16 year-old outfielder from Venezuela. Reportedly a $750,000 signing bonus. Does anyone know anything about this kid?

    1. From BA here is some info: Tocci is an athletic player who has speed and a promising bat, according to Salisbury. He stands 6’2″ and throws and bats right-handed. Baseball America’s Ben Badler rated Tocci 25th among Latin American prospects earlier this summer, praising his running ability and line-drive swing. Tocci has the bat speed to play center field and also drew interest from the Rockies, according to Badler.

  18. @the(wrong)answer333:

    You’re close, but even if smoking were permitted here you don’t get a cigar.
    1. Any player on the disabled list (not just the 60-day one) who was on the active roster as of 8/31 or who was on the disabled list then may be replaced by any player who was in the organization of of 8/31 (and who was there at the end of the regular season), not just by a player on the 40-man roster. It’s pitcher for pitcher and position player for position player.
    2. Since Brown is in the organization and will be there as of 8/31, he could replace any position player who might be on the disabled list. At this point Rollins in the only position play on the DL, be we do not expect to see him left off the post-season roster. Gload is the primary candidate to end up there. Your question about total service days in connection with Brown is totally irrelevant. He’s eligible, even if he is not called up by 8/31, if he is in the organization and another position player goes on the DL./ This would be true even if he were signed 8/30/11 – if he were released or traded away as of 8/30 and reacquired after 9/1 he would be ineligible.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/30/aroldis-chapman-and-the-k-rod-loophole/

  19. In the future, if Savery would fill a reliever / pinch hitter role, could he replace a hitter or pitcher, or how would they categorize him?

    1. It seems as thought they’re looking at him as strictly a pitcher again so I’d imagine if he made it to the show it would be in a bullpen spot. Depending on how they want to use him, (situational leftiy, multiple innings) would probably determine if/how they use him as a hitter. It would be nice to have an extra bat on the days he’s unavailable to pitch. This is an unusual situation and will be interesting to see how it plays out.

      1. What I meant was if he plays for the phils and he does a bunch of pinch hitting but also some pitching, would he be classified as a hitter? Pitcher? Both? …when it comes time to replace someone for a playoff roster spot due to a 60 day dl situation, or him being replaced.

        1. I see, if he was broght up with the intent on him doing both roles I would think his classification would be as a pitcher since that would most likely be his primary role. He would just give the added benefit of being able to hit for himself or be an extra bat off the bench on days he’s not pitching. But like I said it’s an unusual situation. πŸ™‚

  20. A little love for David Herndon…

    Since April: IP – 31.2, ERA – 1.70, WHIP – 0.95, K/BB – 25/3

    1. The thing is that those numbers have for the most part not been compiled in high pressure situations. Herdnon has been doing mop up work when the the other team could very well have mentally checked out. However, it’s nice when a guy gets it done in these situations. As a fan, you already know the outcome of the game and watching a guy give up three runs in an inning to make it 10-3 is annoying. Last year Nate Robertson- remember him?- came into a blowout against Florida and he managed to make the game interesting and Madson had to be used. The next day Robertson was released. Don’t get me wrong, I like Herndon and he did a super job against the Dodgers and he had another great game against the Diamondbacks. He has a big league arm.

  21. Ok Herndon luv Even if i wasn’t a fan. Are you happy now? lol
    Tonight Worley 6 Schwim 1 Stutes 1 and Tony B close . I like it.

  22. I think that it is worth noting that for all of the bluster about the Phillies lack of hitting they are:
    – Top 5 in NL runs scored
    – Second fewest strikeouts in NL
    – Top 5 in NL in walks (once the games get normalized, they are actually #6 now, but have played fewer games)
    – #3 in NL in sb%
    – Top 5 in NL in ob%

    And if you only look at their second half ranking, it is even better. Add in that we have the best pitching and fielding in ALL of baseball and I think we can conclude that it is really nit picky to bash on our hitting.

    1. If you look at the numbers since Utley came back on May 23rd, there’s an amazing difference, the jump in runs per game is 3.3 – 4.8 if I’m not mistaken (did the math for a post on another site). Of course there are other attributes, Ben benched for Dom, Raul breaking out of his horrible slump, Jimmy heating up, etc. It’s just amazing how the return of (Utley) or the addition of (Pence) certain players can have such a big impact on the line-up. They don’t mash anymore but they are a far cry from being the Giants. Shame how we have a team this good and people still do nit pick.

  23. Absolutely great game for Worley. he did it all. Cholly on the other hand brings in Stutes to clean up. That should of been Schwim. I believe that was everyone mindset. Gads he does some weird stuff.
    Jr is outdoing Pense but together they are terrific.
    BTW Cholly dropped the f-bomb on radio today . It was funny as hell.

    1. Stutes isn’t exactly a key piece in the BP either at this point. He’s basically reverting back to what his peripherals (especially his BB rate) suggested he would be.

      1. I have more faith then that but that is just me.After working in key spot it is hard to mop up. We have seen that over and over again. Some need the rush.
        Let’s bring up Worley and ball in play . If you still have the tapes, please notice how easy the outs were after he settled in. A high school team could of made the plays. And to tell you the truth I don’t know how he does it. Credit to the catcher too. His winning percentage is getting above the small sample stage.

    2. Yeah, Schwim had pitched 3 innings the other night. But I agree in principle. They should look for Schwim to slide into some of Stutes’ role. Stutes is not hitting his spots, seems to be some mechanical problem in his delivery, opening up or something like that. He needs to throw first-pitch strikes and good pitches in key counts to be successful, which he did until some point in July. Now he’s all over the place.

      I think Schwim did phenomenally well in his ML debut. 2 hits, no BBs, 4 Ks in 3 IP. They typically bank a young guy’s outing and get him out of there for reasons of confidence. Why didn’t they do it this time? Give him 2 great innings and then let him go enjoy it an be confident in the next outing. Wa there no one else who needed work at that point?

  24. I am a big stutes fan, but no excuses he is not pitching the same, his fastball is straight, and he cant control his breaking ball. looks so different then before, this scares me because the braves are lights out in the bullpen, three guys who dont get hit or give up runs. they are a real threat to win it all right now.

  25. So has anybody noticed that Singleton, Cosart and Santana are all tearing it up in each of their Houston affiliate teams? I didnt like including Singleton in that deal and I hated Santana being the PTBNL. Don’t get me wrong, I love what Pence has brought to this team. But having player’s of Singleton(More so) and Santana’s quality and up side plus the fact that when he comes to the majors you control him for cheap for the next 5 years is so freaking valuable. The Phillies MUST win the world series this year for me to be ok with this trade.

    1. There is some consolation…….SIngleton would only have been a Phillies projectable first baseman…..roadblock exists for the next 4/5 years…..he would have gone eventually or do they move Howard at 35/36 years old? And now there is also Larry Greene.

      1. I do think Singleton could make the move to left, I mean If Pat Burrell can play there I’m sure Jon could too. Also, keeping him in the system an extra year or year and a half would only help make the jump to the majors that much easier. Also as much as I love Howard, I’m not sure he will play out that huge contract here in Philly. I could see him getting moved with 2-2.5 years left to an American league team to be a DH. Lastly I am extremely excited about Larry Greene and the entire draft in general but they haven’t proven anything and Jon was a 19 year old in A+ that was one of the top Performers in his league. Maybe I’m hyping him up too much, I just think he has all-star/MVP written all over him.

        1. Pat stood in left—he did not really play there. Singleton has a long way to before he can be compared to Pat the Bat as a hitter.

    2. I see trouble ahead for Singleton. He appears to have changed his approach and has 27 Ks in only 90 ABs. He has only walked seven times. His .333 BA is being fueled by an unsustainable .446 BABIP. Sour grapes? Maybe, but stats are stats (small sample size but it is the same small sample size that is getting people bent out of shape about the trade)

    3. or at least as long as they have pence, which is through 2013 at minimum. so i don’t think they have to necessarily win it this season. still, if they don’t in 2011 with this starting staff, i’ll be very disappointed.

      1. Need to win it this year. 100 win pace with this pitching staff intact. You don’t know what the future holds. Oswalt will be out next year. Halladay, Lee, Utley, Howard, and Victorino will be one year older. It only gets harder to stay healthy with age.

        1. True. Irony is, even though the team may set a club record for wins, they’ll have a tough road to hoe to win the WS. Braves and Brewers are very good teams, and you’ll likely have to get past either the Yankees or Red Sox, too. It’s too bad they couldn’t solve the Giants last year, because I have no doubt they would’ve beaten Texas.

          1. I agree. This will be the hardest road yet. Which is why Manual needs to be on point in the playoffs. Close games will be decided by managing decisions and execution.

        2. Oswalt said on Monday it is up to what Ruben and the Phillies offer him for the future—-he is now not sure he will retire at this point.

          1. There’s almost no way that Oswalt will have his option picked up. However, I can see the Phillies giving him a 1 year deal for $8M + $2M buyout = $10M. However, this means that either Blanton shifts to the bullpen or we eat a ton of Blanton’s contract and trade him.

            1. Dump the portly soldier. He did well for the Phils in ’08 and fairly well in ’09, but time to move on and treat his pay in 2012 as a sunk cost. His current contract was certainly one of Ruben’s poorer decisions.

        3. My guess is all players will be year older πŸ™‚ More of an issue with Polanco and Ruiz than the ones you named but time will tell.

          1. The core of the team is getting older. It seems like at one point or another Polanco, Ruiz, Utley, Rollins, and Victorino have spent time on the DL. Halladay will not be invisible forever and Cliff Lee has had past abdominal issues.

            On a positive note, guys like Mayberry and Vance Worley have proven to be true replacements as opposed to band-aids. No slight on Min-Mart or Valdez. The bullpen seems to be set for years and time will tell of position player replacements.

            It can definitely be a slippery slope from year to year. That is why you trade for Pence and go for it all this year.

            1. I was just visualizing an invisible pitcher—–certainly should avoid even Balking Bob Davidsons calls.

  26. Stutes has always reminded me of Durbin- he can look great for stretches and mediocre for others. He’s a pretty good middle reliever, but not the dominant set-up guy a championship team needs.

    1. Pretty fair comment at this point. That can be altered if the light goes on for him on consistent command. Then he can be the good Durbin.

  27. Well no Thome but it would of been fun. Going to Cleveland is probably the best thing for him because If had refused it would of hurt his HOF chances. Here we are no so petty ,

  28. 2 question…

    1 – are the monor league teams not playing everyday anymore or is it just not being posted everyday?

    2 – Can we get a PhuturePhillies fantasy football league going? If so Im in

  29. A phuture phillies fantasy football or baseball league would be great. How about a long term / lifetime fantasy baseball prospect edition? You keep the prospects year over year and earn points when they make the majors…

  30. Let’s talk starting rotation in Sept for the Phils. As of right now, the focus needs to be on winning games and earning the #1 seed in the playoffs. Until the Phils have that well in hand, they will continue to use a 5 man rotation plus Kendrick for DH’s. But let’s assume for a second that over the next week or two the Phils push their lead on Atl and Mil to 10 games or more with 3 weeks remaining….

    The Phils play 33 games in 31 days to end the season and if they use a 5 man rotation (plus Kendrick for two DH’s) each of their 5 starters will pitch on normal 4 day rest all the way until the end of the regular season. It would look something like this…

    At Cincinnatti
    29 Halladay
    30 Lee
    31 Hamels
    1 Worley

    At Florida
    2 Oswalt
    3 Halladay
    4 Lee

    Vs Atlanta
    5 Hamels
    6 Worley
    7 Oswalt

    At Milwaukee
    8 Halladay
    9 Lee
    10 Hamels
    11 Worley

    At Houston
    12 Oswalt
    13 Halladay
    14 Lee

    Vs Florida
    15 Hamels
    15 Kendrick

    Vs St Louis
    16 Worley
    17 Oswalt
    18 Halladay
    19 Lee

    At Washington
    20 Hamels
    20 Kendrick
    21 Worley
    22 Oswalt

    At New York
    23 Halladay
    24 Lee
    25 Hamels

    At Atlanta
    26 Worley
    27 Oswalt
    28 Halladay (obviously this won’t happen)

    Since I can’t imagine the Phils having a big lead and throwing their starters that much, let’s add Kendrick in on a regular basis starting in about two weeks and it looks like this…

    At Cincinnatti
    29 Halladay
    30 Lee
    31 Hamels
    1 Worley

    At Florida
    2 Oswalt
    3 Halladay
    4 Lee

    Vs Atlanta
    5 Hamels
    6 Worley
    7 Oswalt

    At Milwaukee
    8 Halladay
    9 Lee
    10 Hamels
    11 Worley

    At Houston
    12 Kendrick
    13 Oswalt
    14 Halladay

    Vs Florida
    15 Lee
    15 Hamels

    Vs St Louis
    16 Worley
    17 Kendrick
    18 Oswalt
    19 Halladay

    At Washington
    20 Lee
    20 Hamels
    21 Worley
    22 Kendrick

    At New York
    23 Oswalt
    24 Halladay
    25 Lee

    At Atlanta
    26 Hamels
    27 Worley
    28 Kendrick

    Even setting up the rotation this way, the Big Four would get 5 days rest only one time in their last 5 starts, with the other 4 starts on normal 4 days rest. Of course the Phils could limit their innings in these starts to reduce workload, or they could add a 7th starter once or twice in late September and that would look something like this…

    At Cincinnatti
    29 Halladay
    30 Lee
    31 Hamels
    1 Worley

    At Florida
    2 Oswalt
    3 Halladay
    4 Lee

    Vs Atlanta
    5 Hamels
    6 Worley
    7 Oswalt

    At Milwaukee
    8 Halladay
    9 Lee
    10 Hamels
    11 Worley

    At Houston
    12 Kendrick
    13 Oswalt
    14 Halladay

    Vs Florida
    15 Lee
    15 Hamels

    Vs St Louis
    16 Worley
    17 Kendrick
    18 Oswalt
    19 7th Starter

    At Washington
    20 Halladay
    20 Lee
    21 Hamels
    22 Worley

    At New York
    23 Kendrick
    24 Oswalt
    25 7th Starter

    At Atlanta
    26 Halladay (short tune up)
    27 Lee (short tune up)
    28 Hamels (short tune up)

    This rotation would give Halladay 5 days rest in his last 3 starts, Lee would get 4, 5, and 6 days rest in his last 3 starts, and Hamels would get the same as Lee. Something close to this seems the most likely to me, but this raises the question…

    Who would be our 7th starter? The candidates to me are Mathieson, Bush, Hyatt, or bullpen by committee since rosters will be expanded. I believe all 3 names above would have to be added to the 40 man roster and they might benefit from using those games to give an extended look at guys like Blanton and Contreras to gauge health, see if Lidge can be effective, a more prolonged look at Schwimer (and possibly DeFratus and/or Aumont), possibly get another look at Juan Perez for playoff LOOGY contention, and put Herndon in a more pressure filled spot to see how he reacts to non mop up duty. Personally I’d love to see Hyatt just to see how he would look at the big league level.

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