Call up PBS and see if they can come appraise two antiques from our pitching staff. The oldest player in MLB Jamie Moyer is still alive and kicking at 45 years old and temporary closer/setup man Tom Gordon is now in his fourth decade of life at the age of 40. Grand Pappy Moyer started things off on a positive note yesterday tossing 3 shutout innings against the Reds while only giving up 1 hit and striking out 3. Moyer isn't flashy, fast, or fantastic on the mound, but he is reliable, resilient, and respectable. Most likely Moyer's era will float somewhere in the 4.50-5.00 range, but with an offense like the Phils that's "keeping them in the game". Jamie is still my favorite move that Gillick has made and I'm damn glad to have him on this team, not just for his pitching but for the passion and knowledge he brings to the ballpark everyday. Tom Gordon, who I refuse to call "Flash", is a huge piece of this team whether you like it or not. With the injury to Brad Lidge, Gordon is now the fill-in closer. Even when Lidge returns (hopefully sometime in April) Tom will still be a crucial member of the bullpen as Manuel will lean on him for big outs in the 8th inning. When Gordon's arm feels good and he's able to mix in his offspeed pitches with his fastball he's a very good pitcher, but when the arm aches and he can't snap that curve doom lies ahead. *Corey just got off the phone with Antiques Roadshow and they told him Moyer and Gordon aren't considered "antiques" quite yet only "semi-rusted".
Jamie Moyer and Travis Blackely threw 3 scoreless innings apiece and the offense punched Reds pitcher Gary Majewski in the face leading to an 8-1 spring training opener victory. Greg Dobbs blasted a 3-run shot while newcomers Pedro Feliz and Eric Bruntlett collected 2 hits each.
Rookie savior Kyle Kendrick gets the start against the minor league Pirates (they say it's their MLB squad, but seriously they're that bad). Prospects Joe Savery and Josh Outman are also scheduled to pitch.