According to David Murphy, Charlie Manuel will not move Cole Hamels up a day (to Friday) so he can pitch against the Mets next week. Instead, the Mets will see Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick.
Murphy said Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee don’t want to rush Hamels, as he leads the National League in innings and he’s at a crucial mark (he was injured after 170 innings last season and is at 181.2 now).
I can see their reasoning for not pushing Hamels up, but it’s not as if he’s losing a full day of rest. Currently he has 5.5 days rest by going Saturday. If he went Friday, he’d have close to a full five days rest. Plus, didn’t Hamels say the long rest during and after the All-Star break plagued him a bit? And just to back this up with stats, unusually, Hamels has a 2.74 ERA with regular four days rest and a 4.30 ERA with five days rest.