What more can you say about Jamie Moyer? This guy is awesome. Last night, as the Phillies offense slowly began to creep further out of its shell, the 47-year old stud took control of the mound and notched his 100th win since turning 40. That’s an average of 14 wins for the past seven years – which kinda makes you wonder what was he doing all those years before he got over-the-hill when he was averaging just 10 wins per season. Nonetheless, Moyer has thus far silenced the critics who complain about the length and payout of his current contract. He has been a rock in an often times tumultuous starting rotation.
Last night was surely a better-than-average performance for the wily lefty. His complete game (second of the season, eighth since turning 40, 33rd of his career) consisted of 2 runs on 7 hits, a walk and a strikeout, with 65 of his 98 pitches called strikes. For the season, he lowered his ERA to 3.98 and holds a 1.08 WHIP.
As I mentioned the Phils lineup did their duty as well against Jon Garland. Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer, Ryan Howard was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Chase Utley also drove in a run. The big three were back in business, and only Raul Ibanez was held without a hit.
Hopefully the team can keep those bats hot (or at least slightly above room temperature) and pull off a sweep of win the series against the NL-West leading Padres on Sunday afternoon. They remain 2 games back from Atlanta in the East as Joe Blanton takes to the mound looking for his second win of the season.