The news ain’t so good, folks: Brett Myers may need surgery to fix a frayed labrum. Believe it or not, Brett has been the Phillies’ best starter so far this season despite leading the world in home runs allowed (17 in nearly 64 innings; an average of around 2.5 per game). His departure from the rotation would leave the Phillies’ terrible rotation in shambles. On the bright side, it may light a fire under GM Ruben Amaro to acquire that ace pitcher the Phillies, honestly, have needed for the last three years (with all due respect to Cole Hamels).
Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, and Jake Peavy are the big names being linked in trade rumors. I, for one, would be completely shocked if any of the three ended up in Phillies pinstripes by August 1, as the Phils have historically been averse to making huge in-season trades where they are the ones acquiring the impact player. Can you think of any they have made in recent memory?
At any rate, what the Phillies will need to replace is part of the nearly 3.5 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) Brett has been worth in 2007 and ’08 combined. Acquiring any of the three aforementioned will satisfy that without question. There will be some others that may be available as well, like Matt Cain, Brandon Webb, and Aaron Harang.
Cross your fingers, folks, and don’t be afraid to say goodbye to some prospects. After all, this Phillies core only has another two years at the most where it will be this competitive, so it’s in the team’s best interest to forfeit some future talent to go for it all in each of the next two years.
Acquiring one pitcher, however, may not fix all that ails the Phillies’ starting pitching. What about Jamie Moyer, who’s been stinking up the joint (as expected)? Carlos Carrasco could get the call. He’s been pitching much better than his 5.81 ERA in AAA Lehigh Valley would indicate; he has 52 strikeouts and 13 walks (4:1 K:BB) in 48 innings. He’s probably been a bit BABIP-unlucky, which should fix itself should he get the call and have the Phillies’ spectacular defense behind him.
As far as Hamels, Happ, and Blanton, they simply have to go out there and pitch and fix themselves on the fly. Kyle Kendrick is the only other Minor Leaguer the Phillies would feel the least bit comfortable about putting into a Major League game for a start. In other words, he’s Plan Z. Don’t get to Plan Z (no offense to KK).
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