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What’s Happ-ening? Phillies’ Pitching Rotation Thoughts

Published by on May 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Yesterday, the Phillies announced that a change was made to the starting rotation. Chan Ho Park has been moved to the bullpen and JA Happ was promoted to the fifth spot in the pitching rotation.

During spring training, Park appeared to be the clear winner in the competition for the fifth spot, but he has done little to defend the selection once the team headed north.

Park's 2.53 ERA was clearly better than Happ's 3.97 in just about equal innings of work in the Spring. Park had the edge in strike outs (25 to Happ's 15), walks (two to Happ's eight), and home runs allowed (one to Happ's five). Unfortunately for Park it has been quite the opposite in the regular season.

Park's ERA is 7.08. He has allowed 27...

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