Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Tale Of Two Pitchers

Never has junk looked so valuable as when Jamie Moyer, aka 45-year old Jamie Moyer, takes the mound for the Phillies.

Neither rain nor humidity nor osteoporosis stems this ageless wonder from his appointed rounds, especially when the Florida Marlins are providing the opposition. Moyer won his tenth straight start against the free-swingers from south Florida without a loss. As one Florida youngster put it, Moyer's 80 mph fastball looks real good coming in but it never seems to be down the middle where the hitters like it.

With the win, his ninth of the season, Moyer improved to 239-184 lifetime with a 4.20 ERA. Is this guy HOF material? Not really unless than open a wing devoted to players to never say die. Still, he's been a gift from the gods for the Phils.

On the opposite end of the spectrum a banished Brett Myers had another less than impressive outing last night when you consider the opposition was single A. In 6.2 innings of work he allowed 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), fanned 6 and walked 1. Big league hitters should prove much tougher. If one of the major purposes of sending Myers down was to give him a brief change of scenery, it's hard to imagine what good has come of it particularly since he's going to be the same guy in the same clubhouse with the same teammates playing in front of the same fan base as when he left less than three weeks ago. I think the real purpose for sending him down was to let the rest of baseball know that if the Phils could send down their opening day starter, he was available.

[TV Note: Today's game is on Fox at 3:55PM. The Phillies have been nothing short of horrendous for the last few seasons when playing before a national TV audience. It's time to break that habit. Also, make sure your mute button is in good working order no matter who gets the nod to call this one unless you were planning to take an afternoon nap anyway.]

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