Report: Happ Makes Playoff Roster

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, September 30, 2008 06:22 PM | Comments: 10

Todd Zolecki reports JA Happ is on the playoff roster, as Happ himself told him. The odd man out could likely be Rudy Seanez, but he said he knows nothing. If he is left out, Seanez could still travel with the team in case of injury, so he could still pitch in the playoffs.

Not sure about this. I know Happ pitched well, and I like Happ, but I’d rather have the experienced righty in Seanez than the inexperienced lefty in Happ. Yes, Happ can be used as a long man, but they have Condrey, and you don’t really need a long man in a playoff series, when five games are spread out over a week. Plus the Phils have two lefties already, and it’s not like the Brewers have a slew of them (Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell, Ray Durham, Russell Branyan).

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  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    I think Happs the better choice because the Brew Crew has never faced while they have faced Seanez because he’s been around for like 50 years and he can be shakey at times.

  • Posts: 0 T

    If we don’t need a long man…. then why not just boot Condrey?

  • Posts: 0 KM

    Brewers crush lefties, but I think this move was made with an eye towards the later playoff rounds. Seanez had a decent season, but I honestly have more trust in Happ to get the job done. When Seanez comes in the game I cringe, although he has only let us down a few times this season. Happ is the unknown, and as a strikeout pitcher, he may be able to give us valuable innings in relief against a team that isn’t real patient at the plate.

    I agree that it does seem odd, given the fact that we have 2 lefties already, but Happ will be there to pick up the pieces if Myers or Blanton get blown up.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m satisfied with the decision. Happ is the [young] man.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    The playoff rosters are allowed to be changed between each series, so if they wanted Happ for the NLCS, they could’ve bumped Seanez then. I’m not sure I love this move, but hopefully the Phillies will not need either of them.

  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    The way I look at it, we’re screwed if we need Rudy or Haap so might as well bring the future along for the ride.

  • Posts: 0 Mike W.

    Happ will essentially be what Lohse was to Kendrick last year….hopefully with better results.

  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    Happ is Myers head case insurance.

  • Posts: 0 Scott S

    I think Greg is exactly right. If Myers is overthrowing from the gate, and alternating between balls in the dirt and homeruns, then it’s Happ time. They’d be smart to have him warmed up like he’s starting that game.

    I have tickets to game two, and I have NO IDEA what to expect. Headcase Myers vs. Sabathia on short rest for the fourth straight time. Could be 17-2 Phils. Could be 17-2 Brewers. Could be anything.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    TO me this is a no-brainer. Seanez is experienced but why not have a long man? Myers is far from certain to be steady on thursday. Blanton is being saved for game 4 in case he has to go out there. why not? id always take a guy with good stuff over the junk that rudy seanez throws. you know i dont like juinkballers, but one is enough. and rudy seanez sure as hell is no jamie moyer.

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