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The end appears near for Jamie Moyer in Colorado

May 27, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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One wonders how much longer the Rockies will stick with Jamie Moyer after the 49-year-old left-hander gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings Sunday in a 7-5 loss to the Reds.

It was the fifth time in his last six starts that Moyer failed to complete six innings. Aided by a weak schedule, he had a 2.28 ERA after four starts this season. However, he’s given up 28 runs in 30 innings since, taking his ERA up to 5.70.

For what it’s worth, Moyer is striking out 6.04 batters per nine innings this year, giving him his highest rate since 1998 and the third-highest of his career. He might yet be an adequate fifth starter, at least for a team in a more forgiving ballpark. There just isn’t much upside here, though, and the Rockies may soon want to give Drew Pomeranz another look. Things will get particularly crowded if both Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) and Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) can return in the second half of next month.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    All good things…

  2. drsteller - May 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    He’d probably be better than anyone in the Twins rotation.

    • Tim OShenko - May 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      He IS better than anyone in the Twins rotation. If they can pick him up on the cheap, it would be a worth it.

      • joshcarey - May 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Scott Diamond would like a word with you…

      • Tim OShenko - May 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        Fair enough. I have no good reason for forgetting Diamond’s fine work this season. He and PJ Walters have done pretty well so far, doing better over their first 4 starts than Moyer did during his.

        Now, as for Pavano, Blackburn, Swarzak, Liriano, Hendriks, DeVries…

  3. xmatt0926x - May 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Yeah, it may be time to move on. He’s done it all. Oldest player to record a win. He won a ring for the franchise he grew up rooting for. He got to parade down the same street as a champion that he stood on as a kid cutting class, watching the parade when the 1980 Phillies won it all. He has around 250 wins. A career right around an amazing amount of 25 years. It’s really an amazing story.

    • stac266 - May 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Well said.

    • rangersin4brah - May 28, 2012 at 4:07 AM

      How do you know so many things about this Moyer guy? Stalker alert…just kidding brah.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      He also has the record for oldest player to have an RBI. Took it from my boy Julio Franco.

  4. micker716 - May 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Hmm, how many of those home runs would be fly ball outs at Petco? I’d take Moyer in the Padres rotation over Eric Stults (who might be injured after taking a line-ball into his arm anyway) or even Jeff Suppan.

    • lvtutorservice - May 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Maybe the Royals should look at acquiring him. He can share with Bruce Chen tricks of the trade and vice versa. Couldn’t hurt for the short run.

  5. craggt - May 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Moyer has the second highest BABIP against in the majors, if that regresses to the mean a little bit his stats will get better.

    • samu0034 - May 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      It’s worth noting that, as a soft-tosser, Moyer’s BAPIP may just naturally be higher than the league average.

      • joshcarey - May 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        His career mark is .283, which is pretty average.

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