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Moyer Eclipses HR Record and 4,000 Innings in Phils Win

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” -Robert H. Schuller

It’s a quote that Jamie Moyer seems to live by.  For all of the bad days, weeks, months, or seasons Moyer has had throughout his 24 years in the majors, his resiliency has provided him a way out. Before Spring Training, when everyone thought he was through, Moyer shut everyone up by scoring a spot in the rotation. After an opening month in which his ERA rocketed to nearly six, he fought through it to drop it nearly a run in May. Following an absolutely disastrous outing against Boston on June 11, Moyer has settled in with back to back phenomenal starts.

Today, Moyer blew through the Blue Jays with relative ease in the Phillies 11-2 victory.

This quote also rings true when you think about where this team as a whole was a few weeks ago. Following that one inning, nine run drubbing Moyer was a part of in Boston, the Phillies have gone 9-5 – winning five of the last six – and have turned their season around.

Moyer continues to defy age each time he toes the rubber. His line was again spectacular as he shut down the home team, allowing just six hits over seven innings, with his two earned runs coming on a Vernon Wells home run in the third inning. Moyer fanned seven, his high-water mark for the year, which he’s hit twice (FLA 4/17 and CHC 5/19). Somehow, someway, he is now tied for the team lead in wins with Roy Halladay (9).

Wells’ homer was the 506th of Moyer’s career, making him the record holder in home runs allowed, passing Robin Roberts at the top of the list. Moyer also surpassed 4,000 innings pitched, becoming the 40th pitcher in major league history to do so. He also jumped into sole possession of 35th all-time on the wins list with 267. The numbers continue to pile up.

“First of all, when you say 4,000 innings, that’s amazing,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, chiming in on the record-setting day. “Both times when I would see him pitch [in the minor leagues] I would say ‘this guy might not get back’. Not only did he get back, but he stayed a long time.”

Moyer took it in stride as he normally does, but did offer a modest statement on his impressive afternoon saing “I’m quite proud of being able to pitch 4,000 innings.”

It’s incredible to continue to watch Moyer mature as he progresses this year. Normally, that adjective is reserved for youngsters, however, Jamie is still learning on the go.

For Toronto, Brett Cecil was victimized by the Phillies offense,  the second Blue Jays pitcher to get ripped this weekend. Cecil worked 4 2/3 innings and was pounded for 10 hits and seven runs (five earned). The Phils saw Cecil at a perfect time; just after he was lit up for 11 earned runs over his previous two starts against San Diego and St. Louis.

What really stood out was Toronto’s inability to throw the baseball to each other. They committed four errors by the seventh inning which blew the game wide open for the Phillies. Jason Frasor was on the mound for the despicable display of defense from the guys behind him. He gave up four runs in the seventh, but all were unearned.

Firing on several cylinders (not all, see: Jayson Werth) was an offense that badgered Toronto into 13 runs and a bevy of mistakes. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Ben Francisco all had three hits apiece and Dane Sardinha pitched in with a two-run double of his own that broke the game open in the second inning. With those 13 hits, the Phils have now reached 10 or more in seven of their last 11 games. The win also marked the first time they’ve finished with a winning Interleague record since ’07.

Clearly, the toughest of times are over. It’s now up to this championship-caliber team to once again strike fear into their opponents, something that has been lacking for the better part of the 2010 season. They’re close, for sure, and Jamie Moyer has had something to do with this overall resurgence.



  1. The Dipsy

    June 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Congratulations to Jamie Moyer, who gives credence to the old adage “50% of success in life is based on just showing up.” Nice game, too.

    The Dipsy

  2. The Dipsy

    June 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Actually, its %80. Sorry.

    The Dipsy

  3. NJ

    June 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    come on dude give it a rest!

    The guy is having a very good year averaging just under 7 innings a start with a WHIP 5th in the majors. He’s completely outperforming expectations and you’ll take a 4.30 pitcher with a 1.05 WHIP who gives you 7 innings and wins 2/3 of his starts in any rotation.

    Jamie Moyer has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the NL this year and it shouldn’t be demeaned.

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  5. The Dipsy

    June 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    NJ – Stop. I’m talking about his career. He’s having a good year until he stops having a good year and god bless him for it.

    The Dipsy

  6. Scott in D.C.

    June 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    He’s on track to maybe notch at least 15 wins, I would think. That’s incredible.

  7. MysteryMet

    June 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Got to give it to Jamie, the old man is a work horse, just giving credit were it’s due.

  8. Kate

    June 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Jamie is HARDCORE. And any baseball fan who doesn’t appreciate what he’s done this year after coming back from groin surgery last year is a flippin’ moron.

  9. Nunzio Scholeri

    June 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Oh, come on, Dipsy. Everyone who has a good year or several good years does so until they stop doing so. That statement is meaningless. Do you really think that a guy makes it to pitching as well as Jamie’s been pitching this season, at age 47, by accident? By luck? That’s absurd. And, moreover, you wouldn’t ascribe the success of almost any other player to luck, but with your blind disdain for the Old Man, you ascribe his failures to pure lack of skill and his successes to pure luck. Anyone who watched the game today knows how wrong that point of view is.

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  14. Don M

    June 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    The Dipsy has taken the stance that if you complain about something long enough, sooner or later, you’ll be right …

    so if he bashes Moyer all year .. when he has that rare bad start (like against Boston), The Dipsy can come on here and tell us all that Amaro signed him to a terrible deal, and Moyer should just quit, and he’s no good unless the umpire gives him too much on the corners, etc..

    Be a fan, be happy for your players …. Moyer has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

    and like I’ve said in years past.. if he was better at 45 than he was at 44, why can’t be better at 47 than he was at 46. … He’s still in the majors for a reason, he knows how to pitch, and how to give his team a chance to win

  15. Lefty

    June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Forget the debate about Jamie, what gets lost in that is that in 2010 we were over .500 against the AL. And we didn’t play the Orioles 6 times like the Mets. Whoohoo!

  16. Nunzio Scholeri

    June 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Very well said, Don M. It surprises me how few people genuinely seem to come on to this site to root for and support the Phillies, rather than rip them apart like vultures. Rather than waiting and hoping for Moyer to fail, a la the Dipsy camp, I choose to back the Old Man as long as he keeps dominating other teams and helping our Phils. He’s well on his way to being our #3 starter for the season, and it would make me so happy if he kept succeeding and got a start or two in the playoffs.

  17. Chuck

    June 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Dipsy….question for you????….????

    Should Ruben sign Moyer to a new deal for next year? And, if you think so, how much, etc, etc.

    I have my thoughts. Just interested in yours on this (although I THINK I already know the answer).

    And this question is really for anybody to answer…so feel free to expound….I just am directing it at Dipsy since he has his certain opinions on Moyer.

  18. Don M

    June 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    If Ruben Amaro does anything to extend Jamie Moyer anytime before the offseason, I will punch him right in the nuts

  19. Chuck

    June 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    That would probably hurt.

  20. Chuck

    June 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    In all seriousness, if Moyer continues like he is, I can see the Phillies maybe offering Jamie a one year deal laced with incentives. Nothing extravagent like this 2 year, $16M thing (or whatever it is).

    But I definitely agree….Ruben should WAIT until the season is over before making that sort of decision.

  21. Brian Sr. of CO

    June 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I’ll answer what Dipsy has said before Chuck “trade him”. Its EXTREMELY sad that a Mets fan can “give credit where credit is due” yet the DIPsy continues to bash a pitcher on the Phillies. GIVE IT A FREAKIN REST. Im sure Moyer could care less about the record, as long as he put himself in a position to win. Imagine if a pitcher gave 1 hit every game, and that 1 hit was a home run. That would be 30 homers a season, to most people thats HORRIBLE, but that could be 1 run a game, or maybe depeding on errors or walks, could be maybe 4 runs a game. Pretty much impossible for a pitcher to go and and throw a 1 hitter everygame obviously, but the point isnt how many homers were given up, or the win loss record, but more, did the pitcher give the team a fighting chance to win.

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    July 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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