Quietly, Brett Myers has solidified himself as the Phillies’ most reliable starter. Specifically in his last three starts, Myers has allowed six earned runs in 21 innings, walking just four. And each of the last five runs he’s allowed have been solo home runs. Not too shabby, really.
Early in last night’s win, AJ Burnett plunked Chase Utley, likely not an intentional pitch. Myers still responded, throwing behind Derek Jeter to lead off the Yankees’ first. It set a tone for the rest of the game — Myers won’t back down, especially against the mighty Yankees. And the Phillies weren’t scared of the spotlight.
“I think that’s what we need to do as team,” Myers said. “I think everybody protects each other on a team and, you know, I mean it’s part of the game. I mean it’s kind of like eye for an eye.”
It was reminiscent of Myers’ performance late last season. During that brilliant stretch, Myers took authority in his starts, dictating the pace of the game and showing his swagger through pitching. Solo homers be damned, Myers’ character was strong last night — painting the zone, dropping in the electric curve, moving about the infield collecting ground balls. That’s the Myers that can win 20 games.