If I were in Charlie Manuel's shoes I'd have made the same exact decision, there isn't another guy on the Phillies staff that deserves to get the ball more on Opening Day than Brett Myers. Brett's pitched his a$$ off this spring and looks to be in top form, he lost a bunch of weight before the spring even began (don't worry the team still has all that weight, Jon Lieber found it on the way down to Clearwater).
It doesn't matter that Freddy Garcia might start the season on the DL because of a sore bicep, or that Lieber got moved to the pen, or that Cole Hamel's has given up more home runs than Pat Burrell has strikoutes, Myers would have deserved it regardless.
Any guy who was projected to be a number one or two going into the season, who volunteers to give up his starting role to help out an ailing bullpen will do whatever it takes to win a baseball game. Brett's been throwing strong going more than six in his last couple starts and piling up the spring strike-outs.
Myers went 12-7 last year with a 3.91 ERA despite having some off the field drama that could have thrown a serious monkey wrench into his psyche. The guy is an all out, exciting pitcher that wants nothing more than to win and I, personally, couldn't ask for a better opening day match up than Brett Myers squaring off against John Smoltz and the Braves.
It's just over a week until we show the Braves that their reign over the east wasn't just interrupted, it's over - Call me over-confident, but I've got my broom in hand already!