Career win #257 was a special one for Jamie Moyer. Grand Pappy came on in relief of Pedro Martinez (the man who took his place in the rotation) after a 1 hour rain delay in the 4th inning. Nobody knew what to expect from the grizzled 46 year year old veteran, not even himself, but the results were astounding. He gave up a single to the first batter, but that was pretty much the extent of what Arizona got off of him. Moyer went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, with 5 k's. Oh, he picked up 2 hits at the plate too. The remaining crowd gave him a well deserved standing ovation.
Apparently Moyer wasn't in a good mood last night after the win. The New York Times called him "despondent", Todd Zolecki "dour", and Scott Lauber "sour". Jamie needs to cheer up. He said he didn't want to be a distraction, but acting like that he'll soon become one. I truly hope he doesn't tarnish his hero tag he's earned in Philly. The fans love and respect him, as do I, but if he continues to sulk he'll see how fans in this town can turn on him. Quit being an Eeyore.
Coming Up Aces:
Last year's AL Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee, has been almost perfect since coming to the NL. He looks for his 4th win in his 4th start tonight for the Phillies. It won't be an easy task with 2009 NL Cy Young hopeful Dan Haren on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Haren rarely walks batters (25 bb in 169 ip) and is stingy with hits as well (126 h in 169 ip, .203 avg against).
The Phillies went 5-1 on their road trip through Chicago and Atlanta, despite hitting just .225. They still averaged 5.3 runs per game and hit 12 home runs during the trip. The Phillies had a 1.92 ERA on the trip, including a 1.08 bullpen ERA. The Phils were 13-22 at home in April, May and June. They enter Wednesday night's game against Arizona with a 17-7 record at home in July and August. Philadelphia pitchers had a 2.87 ERA in their previous 30 games. The Phillies were 73-54 (.575) in August since 2005. Only the Mets (.578) have a better winning percentage in August. (From Phillies.com)