Monthly Archives: June 2010

Moyer breaks HR record while Phillies’ bats pound Blue Jays

After taking the night off yesterday, the Phillies offense got it going early and often today against the Toronto Blue Jays in the series finale of what was a road series in their home ballpark at Citizens Bank beating the Jays 11-2.

Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco each had three hits apiece for the Phils who have been on a scoring tear for the past four series.  They are averaging almost six runs a game while playing the Yankees, Twins, Indians and now Toronto winning 8 of 12.  They scored all their runs today without help from the long ball, which should be a good sign their offense is clicking.

Jaime Moyer broke Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts’ record of home runs allowed in a career.  Moyer gave up number 506 to Vernon Wells in the third inning but by then it was already too late.  Philly bats chased Toronto’s starter Brett Cecil in the fifth inning after he allowed seven runs and threw 97 pitches.  Phillies starters were showing patience at the plate, seeing almost four pitches per at bat.  Another sign they are seeing the ball really well.

Record breaking jitters aside, it was business as usual for Moyer.  Other than the homer to Wells, Moyer only allowed five hits and struck out seven before finishing out the seventh inning.  He is now tied for the team lead in wins with Roy Halladay at nine.  Over his last three starts, Moyer has thrown 23 innings and only allowed five earned runs while striking out 17.  The Phillies, not surprisingly, are 3-0 in those games.

The Phillies were without Placido Polanco for a second straight game after he said he aggravated his elbow making a play in Friday’s game.  He is scheduled to receive another cortisone shot today which will likely keep him out until Tuesday at the earliest.

The only Phils starters without a hit were Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez.  They both went 0-5.

Worth mentioning: Rollins, Francisco and catcher Dane Sardinha each had two RBIs.  I know all of you started him in fantasy.  Right?

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A Battle of, and for, the Ages

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees get set to start a three game series of inter-league play at Yankee Stadium starting tomorrow night.  Now I know one story line will be how the Phillies have slowly dropped out of first place and sit firmly in third behind the new look Braves and always dangerous Mets.  The other will probably read as a never-say-die kind of team in the Yankees as they find themselves tied atop the American League East with the Tampa Bay (no Devil here) Rays.

There is another story here.  The one I see is the third and final game of this series.  This game will feature two of the four active pitchers to have at least 11 wins in 10 or more seasons.  The other two being Tim Hudson of the Braves and Tim Wakefield from Boston.

Veteran lefties Jamie Moyer and Andy Pettitte are tops on that list with 15 and 14, respectively, 11-win seasons.  Moyer has won at least 15 games five times while Pettitte has eight seasons of 15 or more wins.  These two pitchers have 40 years of Major League experience between them.  Thats 501 wins and only 337 losses.  Combined Pettitte and Moyer have pitched in 1,159 games for nine different teams.  Over 1,000 games started and 68 in relief.

The numbers here are astounding.  These two have seen over 7,000 hits, 759 home runs, 58 complete games, over 2,500 K’s and 2,075 BB’s.

This season has taken these pitchers on opposite paths.  While Pettitte is still acting like the ace of the rotation going 8-1, 2.46 ERA, Moyer has struggled at times going 6-6, 5.03 ERA.  The Yankees are 17 games over .500 and tied for first place.  The Phillies who have spent most the last two seasons in first place are only three games over and sitting in third.

I am not offering up any predictions for this game or the series for that matter.  I will, however give Andy Pettitte the edge.  Between the two veterans and 40 years of MLB service he has one HR.  And that is one more than Jamie Moyer.  Of course playing in an AL ballpark, this stat will not matter.

I will predict a huge aroma of Icy Hot and Baby Powder.

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