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Happ-y to be in the Rotation

Back in preseason, Fantasy Baseball Dugout wrote about the Phillies improved depth for the fifth starter position in its rotation.  The candidates were 26-year-old J.A. Happ, 35-year-old veteran Chan Ho Park, and prospect Carlos Carrasco.

To the surprise of many fantasy baseball fans, Park outpitched Happ in preseason and earned the fifth starter for the defending World Series champions.  But, once the season started, Park struggled, and the southpaw Happ showed the potential that many Phillies’ fans always thought he had while pitching long relief.

Now, the two pitchers roles are reversed.  On Saturday, Happ will start in Yankee Stadium against Andy Petitte.

Happ’s Stats

Happ was 2-0, 2.49 in 21 2/3 IP this season to go along with 17 K’s.

Park, on the other hand, posted a 7.08 ERA in seven starts.  His fate was seeled on Sunday when he went just 1 1/3 against the lowly Nationals and put the Phillies in a five run hole, before Philadelphia rallied for a 8-6 victory.

Happ has fared better as a starting pitcher in his major league career.  He’s no stranger to tough assignments.  Last year, he got his first MLB start in July against Johan Santana and the Mets.  He pitched 4 2/3 giving up 2 runs.  So, facing Petitte and the Bronx Bombers won’t intimidate him.

Down the stretch last year, Happ started four games for the Phillies, going 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA. Happ had two key starts in September that resulted in Phillies’ wins against the Braves.

As for Happ, he is a worthy fifth starter in NL-only leagues, but those playing in AL-NL leagues, may want to wait a week or two to see how he fares.

Moyer Dominant vs. Marlins

On another note, the Phillies announced that they were flipping Cole Hamels and Jamie Moyer in the rotation, so Hamels would face the Yankees Sunday, while Moyer would miss the Yankees series and pitch against the Florida Marlins.

In his career, Moyer has dominated the Marlins, going 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts against them and is 7-0, 1.58 at Dolphin Stadium.  Moyer has not fared well this season, but the Fish are swimming against the tide lately after a strong start.  The Marlins may be just what the ageless Jamie Moyer needs to right himself.  Based on history, Jamie Moyer may be worthy of a start on your fantasy baseball team this coming week.

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