Series Finale Rained Out, Statue Unveling set for Tuesday
Today was supposed to be a great day at CBP as the Phils were to unveil Harry Kalas' statue, and not to mention Roy Halladay would have been on the mound, unfortunately mother nature had other ideas. The game was postponed before the start and the game now will be played in a double header on September 20th. Harry's statue will be unveiled on Tuesday and Roy Halladay will also pitch on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the long run this is a good thing, Halladay gets another day of rest along with the rest of the rotation. I'm sure the position players could probably use an extra off day too.
One pitcher who will definitely benefit from this is Cole Hamels, after his not so "Cole like" performence in game 2 of the series, manager Charlie Manuel said Cole was having trouble getting loose and his arm was a little stiff. The Phils believe Cole is experiencing "dead arm period". Cole has thrown 172 innings this season which is tied for second on the team with Cliff Lee. Hamels has pitched over 200 innings twice in his career, last year, and then 2008. Now Cole has had this happen before, in 2007 it was believed he was experiencing dead arm period, he missed a few starts, then was dominant in that magical stretch drive that got the Phillies back to the playoffs. So with the flight back from the west coast and the long season he has had, this is probably nothing. Dead arm period happens, it happens to the best of them. So maybe it's best, considering the Phils do lead the division by 9 games, that Cole miss 1 or 2 starts to just rest up a little and let Kendrick start those two games. We don't want anymore injuries, we want these guys completely healthy for the stretch drive and the playoffs should a collapse not happen. We don't want Cole resting for a while and mising like 4 starts, but 1 or 2 won't hurt us. LET'S GO PHILS!