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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

Colorado Rockies pitcher Moyer, 49, makes a pitch against Houston Astros' Schafer in the first inning of their MLB National League game in Houston Reuters

Jamie Moyer‘s 2012 debut was less than stellar.

Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup.

Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked far too hittable at times and he was taken deep by both Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez.

The Rockies aren’t expecting the veteran southpaw to be anything more than an innings-eater this year, but it’s not a given that he’ll be able to meet those already-low expectations. Then again, it’s way too early to say anything definitive. How’s that for hard-hitting analysis?

Your Saturday box scores:

Rockies 3, Astros 7

Nationals 7, Cubs 4

Blue Jays 7, Indians 4 (12 innings)

Braves 2, Mets 4

Royals 6, Angels 3

Red Sox 0, Tigers 10

Cardinals 0, Brewers 6

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 5

Twins 2, Orioles 8

Rockies 3, Astros 7

Phillies 1, Pirates 2 (10 innings)

Marlins 8, Reds 3

Yankees 6, Rays 8

White Sox 4, Rangers 3

Mariners 8, Athletics 7

Dodgers 6, Padres 5 (11 innings)

  1. havlicekstoletheball - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I’d take his “slow-moving deliveries” over the BP fastballs Beckett was throwing.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    If we could make Beep-beep Designated SS instead of DH, then maybe we wouldn’t have Designated GIDP.

    • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Your guys need to get out of the mold-infested Tropicana Tumulus and back out into the open air, Len. I think that morbidly obese predator drone humming around up in the rafters is distracting them.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Indeed, the invigorating climate of the South Bronx will help. Only one not of the gate from spring training seems to be Girardi, unless he’s channeling his NL days with the Feesh.

  3. randomdigits - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    It isn’t easy to make the O’s look good. Best of luck with your battle for the #1 pick Minnesota.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    If you read the papers or this blog, you know that the Feesh have recently re-christened the Revolutionary Guard by Slobbering Ozzie, who apparently can’t distinguish Iran from China in the 1960s, or some such thing. Maybe the change in political orientation, the revolutionary, fervor their Payaso-en-comando inculcated into them has done them some good. Like Fielding Mellish leading his troops from the canefields, they exploded out of their millennial slumber like latterday Chthulhus. After scoring one run on seven hits in their previous eighteen innings they mounted a two-digit attack and iced Latos. (Okay, sorry about that one.) The Ricky Nolasco with the halo, white robe and feathery wings showed up yesterday instead of the Ricky Nolasco with the red speedoes, horns, pointy tail and leather wings and held the Reds more or less in check while the Iron Giant rapped out a bunch of hits and drove in three runs, and Omar Infante returned to being the first class pest on the bases that he had been year before last for the dull gray suits who own the Bravos now. The Hanster poled his first dinger of the season and showed flashes of brilliance at third base (he was seen figuring ten place logarithms on his fingers).

    The strange attractor had hardly enough time for the smell of weenter storage camphor to dissipate before the Feesh found themselves looking up at it, but now it shimmers in the midwestern sunlight just barely within reach. The holes the falling Feesh punched in it over the last three days have just about repaired themselves, like the metabolism flying saucer in Atomic Submarine. Could this be the day when the Rainbow Warriors return to mere mediocrity? We await with baited breath….

    • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      …been re-christened…

      …metabolising flying saucer….

      Edit function!
      Edit function!

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Cespedes on track for 121 home runs in 2012. The day is coming soon when the immortal words “Don’t throw Cespedes anything straight” will be stitched into gloves of all opposing pitchers and catchers. The one he hit off Vargas on Friday was flattened.

    • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      That’s why it only carried as far as it did. If he had hit it a little less hard, left some curvature, it might still be travelling.

      Hey, but think about this – the All Star break home run derby with Cespedes and the Iron Giant is going to be a pisser this year, isn’t it?

      • APBA Guy - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

        Hadn’t thought of that. I think MLB should have a theme this year: $ 200M sluggers vs. MLB minimum. Votto, Prince, and Pujols against Hosmer, Cespedes and the Iron Giant.

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