Moyer's Struggles Continue
“I’ve got to believe if I start to doubt then it’s time for me to go home,” he said.
It has been ugly so far for Moyer in 2009. He is 3-3 with an 8.15 ERA after seven starts. He is 0-2 with a 13.86 ERA (19 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) in his last three starts, which is his worst three-start stretch since he went 0-1 with a 15.30 ERA (17 earned runs in 10 innings) from May 6 – May 18, 2005, when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners.
But Moyer has had rough stretches like this with the Phillies, which probably is why he thinks he will get through this one. He went 1-2 with a 9.60 ERA (16 earned runs in 15 innings) from Aug. 12 – Aug. 24, 2007. He also went 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA (19 earned runs in 17 innings) from July 2 – July 16, 2007.
“I’ve done this over 500 times,” Moyer added. “So you know what? I really don’t worry about what’s behind me.”
Moyer, 46, has made 591 starts in his career. He would like to have at least 25 more starts before the end of the season.
“It’s not difficult at all (to be patient),” Charlie Manuel said. “Our pitching is what it is. We signed those pitchers to pitch. Will I stay with them? Of course I’ll stay with them. That’s who we have. That’s not hard or difficult at all. We’ve got five starting pitchers. And if we choose to make adjustments on our staff and we want to put (J.A.) Happ or somebody else in there, that’ll be a decision that we make down the road. But at the same time, right now? What the hell? I can’t be any more confident in our guys.”
Read Manuel’s words carefully. The Phillies signed Moyer to a two-year, $16 million contract in the offseason. He is going to get plenty more chances.
Manuel announced Happ will start Game 2 of the doubleheader Saturday in Washington.