In a world where most 44 year old men are popping Viagra and flipping through the obituaries to see what high school acquaintance died from congestive heart failure, here stands Grand Pappy Moyer looking young and spry in his most recent triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals. Most baseball enthusiasts would call him a crafty-lefty, but I'll refer to him as a southpaw with a blistering slowball and rolling offspeed pitches. Call Jamie whatever you want, bottom line is he's a quality pitcher that proves speed isn't everything, as he now has 7 wins on the season with a fine 4.12 era.
Patty G has already tagged and bagged the likes of J.D. Durbin, Francisco Rosario, Jose Mesa, and Rick Bauer in an attempt to find relief help after the season started, and now his quest has brought him to J.C. Romero. Romero is a lefty that has been recently released by the BoSox, and Gillick signed him to a minor league contract. He'll be reporting to Phillies' rookie-level Gulf Coast team in Clearwater to get himself back into pitching shape and allow time for the Phils to evaluate him. I look for him to make an appearance in a Phils uniform following the All-Star break and with Fat Mike Zagurski being optioned to Ottawa. J.C. may have a decent era this season of 3.15, but his WHIP is an atrocious 1.95, so basically he's been lucky. Overall, his career has spanned 9 seasons with the Twins, Angels, and Red Sox pitching in 415 games with a 4.54 era, and 1.53 WHIP. He's held lefties to a .233 average over his career compared to a .279 average against righties. I think this is a worth while signing, as he's an experienced lefty that might be able to handle pressure situations better than the youngster Zagurski.
Last year our pitchers were the worst in the NL with a measly 29 hits on the season, all but meaning an automatic out. This year they have done a complete 180, while leading the NL with 25 hits as a staff...only 4 less than last year's total. Hamels leads the way with 7 hits, but Eaton and Moyer have chipped in 6 a piece as well. I know pitchers are supposed to pitch, and ours could stand to do a better job at that, but swinging the stick with the intent of hitting is better than Kevin Millwood ever did for us.
*Believe it or not, or like it or not, Jose Mesa's era as a Phillie stands at 3.18.
*Shane Victorino has a nice 14 game hitting streak going on.
*Chase Utley continues to play his way into early MVP consideration (with Jose Reyes, Prince Fielder, and Matt Holliday), as he's now batting .322 and plays a high energy all-around game.
*Ryan Howard may get bashed on by me, but his average is now up to .253 and despite a 15 day stay on the DL he has 50 rbi.
*Pat Burrell is mired in a 1-for-17 slump and hitting .149 since April 25.