For fans wanting to watch some Sunday afternoon baseball the rain was pretty annoying, but the washout may end up being a positive. The extra day off means additional rest for a Phillies rotation that really needs it.
Cole Hamels struggled a bit in his last start, attributing his performance to a “dead arm” caused by his workload and other built-up factors. Hamels and fellow aces Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are all leading the National League in innings pitched so they should be happy to take whatever rest they can get.
And it’s why Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee recently suggested the team may use a 6-man rotation to give the guys a break down the stretch. It would mean seeing Kyle Kendrick on a regular basis, but with the Phillies so dominant and nearly guaranteed to make the playoffs, giving tired arms a rest period before the postseason could really pay off.
Combined with Monday’s scheduled off day, the Phillies will get two much needed days to relax, with Sunday’s scheduled starter Halladay expected to start Tuesday. The missed game will be played September 20 at 1:05pm as part of a day-night doubleheader. Tickets for Sunday’s game will be honored for the make up version.
Also rescheduled for Tuesday was the unveiling of the fan-funded Harry Kalas statue that was to take place prior to the game. The ceremony commemorating the legendary Phillies broadcaster will now be on Tuesday, August 16 at 6:40 p.m. The statue will ultimately end up behind section 141 near the restaurant name in Kalas’ honor, Harry The Ks.
The Phillies open a series Tuesday against the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks, with Halladay going against Arizona’s Josh Collmenter.
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