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Jamie Moyer looks like the No. 5 starter in Philly

Mar 27, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for moyer small.jpgAnother fifth-starter battle was all but settled on Friday night, as Jamie Moyer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings against a Yankees lineup that included all regulars with the exception of Nick Johnson and Jorge Posada. Moyer struck out six and retired the final 15 batters he faced. Quite a statement.

Just one week ago, it looked like Moyer had quite a battle on his hands with Kyle Kendrick. You’d think at this point the 47-year-old lefty would have experienced everything in this game, but he told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the competition was unfamiliar territory.

“I didn’t really know what to expect, because I haven’t been through
this kind of thing in the past,” Moyer said. “So, you know what? Go wing
it. See what happens.”

Some cynics may point to Moyer’s $6.5 million contract as a distinct advantage he held over Kendrick anyway, but he deserves some real credit for fighting back and actually earning the job after undergoing three offseason surgeries.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 27, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    You can’t help but cheer for a guy like that, can you? But 47 is still 47. He may be the bouncing butterfly of the spring freshets now, but let’s see how those years serve him when we get to the dog days. Last year the Feesh, whom he owned in previous years, finally got to him at mid-season and pounded him royally, as did a number of other teams. And of course, he can keep his wind up by avoiding those horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches up there and minimizing aortal plaque. Best of luck to you, old fella. Us geezers gotta stick together.

  2. Rays fan - Mar 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    The horsemeat doesn’t bother me, but can’t the good folks up in Philly use some real cheese instead of Velveeta or CheezWhiz?
    I’ll be rooting for Jamie–as long as he’s around, then there’s at least one player older than me.

  3. joe - Mar 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Yo, get a life. A real cheese steak has provolone on it. The rest are phonies anyway.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Yo, that shit’ll cost you a life. When was the last time you had a spectroscopic analysis of your artery walls done? Honey, the game’s starting! Where’s my tofu and soy cheese on multigrain with sprouts and coconut amino dressing and a bottle of Acai elixir to wash it down with?

  5. Jonny5 - Mar 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Ahh, I love to see Jamie Doing well. I just pray he can keep it up all season. Quite a feat he pulled off shutting down the Yankees. It’s a shame he was injured for the world series and didn’t get a shot. maybe, just maybe he’ll get another shot to throw in the big game. And to think about it, Jamie was the starting pitcher for the Cubs, the night Greg Maddux made his MLB debut. And we thought he was old? Do we have the MLB version of Brett Favre? Or Is Brett Favre the NFL version of Jamie Moyer? I think the Latter is true myself
    And Gator, Damn! That’s not food you just described, that’s like a whole bunch of Gelatinous low fat salad dressing. No wonder you old farts crap your pants eating garbage like that. People weren’t meant to eat that kind of stuff, or else we would not have evolved with teeth. Or taste buds for that matter…. :>X
    And Rays fan, It’s an option at all the cheese steak places up here. American cheese, provolone cheese, or wiz. Provolone is the best way to go. Succulent sliced ribeye with provolone on a fresh Italian torpedo roll. I like to throw a couple whole hot cherry peppers on it, and wash it down with some tasty German Dunkle to help clean the provolone build-up off my artery walls.
    Captcha: ootopus said

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