After seeing the fortunes of Cole Hamels and Brett Myers the last two nights, I took a look at the schedule from now until the All-Star break. If the Phillies stay on schedule with no rainouts or postponements, they will play 96 games before the break; and if they stay with their current five-man rotation that has held up all season, we will end up with the extra game for the first half being pitched by Brett Myers, not Cole Hamels.
However, there are three scheduled off days between now and July 1st, giving an excellent opportunity for Charlie Manuel to make a switch from Myers to Hamels as the number one guy in the rotation without having to pitch Hamels on anything shorter than his usual every fifth day. I doubt that an extra day of rest will mess up Myers - and Hamels should be the top of the rotation guy, in my opinion. It just seems strange this season to keep going through the intact rotation and coming back to the top and seeing Myers there. As far as I can see, the only changes Manuel has made to the rotation this season were the two flip-flops with Eaton and Kendrick - once when Kendrick got shelled by the Mets and Manuel wanted to get Eaton lined up for the next Mets series, and then after Kendrick had the short outing because of the rain, against Toronto. Manuel probably thinks that as long as the rotation is working, why change it.
Well, what would the Phillies get by flipping Hamels and Myers on Saturday June 21st (after a day off at home between the Red Sox and Angels series) - or after the off days on June 23rd or June 30th (which one of the three doesn't affect Hamels' and Myers' slots at all)?
Without going through all the matchups, the end result is that moving Hamels ahead means he pitches against the Braves and Diamondbacks and misses the Mets series (the one drawback to the switch). Myers would basically get Hamels' start against the Mets and would miss the Braves and Diamondbacks. What's more, if they don't move Hamels ahead of Myers, at this point he would pitch a Wednesday game against the Cardinals and then sit until after the All Star game, and he'd be a prime candidate for multiple inning use in the All Star game if he's selected and hasn't pitched in nearly a week. I hope Charlie Manuel can see the benefit of making this switch.