Phillies Facing Some Friends This Week
The Phillies face a couple former teammates this week at Citizens Bank Park.
They face Brett Myers (vs. Joe Blanton) tonight and J.A. Happ (vs. Roy Halladay) on Wednesday.
The Phillies told Myers after the ’09 season they would not bring him back. “Kenny Powers is officially a free agent,” he declared upon hearing the news. (That might have been one of my favorite quotes as Phillies beat writer because I love Eastbound & Down.) But Myers also said this the same day, “If I come across the Phillies, I’m going to try to make it hell on them. I’ve got friends on that team, but cross that white line and it’s game on, you know?” Sure. Myers is a competitor. And while he has fond memories of his time in Philadelphia, he still wants to pitch well against them.
The Phillies traded Happ to get Roy Oswalt on July 29. Oswalt is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts with the Phillies. He has a 1.65 ERA in his last four after a shaky debut. Happ is 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in five starts with the Astros.