That's 10 hits, seven earned runs by Adam Eaton last night, to be precise, on top of the seven hits, four earned runs from Freddy Garcia the night before.
Pat Gillick's major off-season acquisitions haven’t inspired much confidence. Eaton, who’s hitting low-to-mid 90s on the gun, is hanging pitches up in the zone and can't locate his breaking ball. Meanwhile, Garcia, acquired from the White Sox for surprisingly little, looks to be what many feared: damaged goods.
Last night, Eaton was hit very hard and watched as his ERA climb to 7.71, a mark that’s actually higher than when Ryan Madson and Gavin Floyd were pushed out of the starting rotation last season. Once he regains command, Eaton figures to improve. However, the question remains: Does he posses the right kind of stuff for Citizens Bank Park?
So far, absolutely not. The former first-round pick has suffered through the early stages of “you can’t come home again” syndrome, which crippled Andy Ashby and others. In three starts at CBP, opponents are hitting .375 against him with four homers, to the tune of a 10.80 ERA.
Garcia has been a different story. Every pitch appears to be a battle against his body’s best wishes. Perhaps it stems from the time he missed in spring training. Nevertheless, the calendar is about to flip over to May and getting through five innings appears to be a monumental task for the 30-year-old. With Brett Myers reassigned to the bullpen, Manager Charlie Manuel doesn’t have time to wait on these two.
Back to Gillick. Aside from Antonio Alfonseca, of whom he took a flier at the recommendation of a scout, his off-season additions haven’t helped. Pretty soon, it may be time to start asking whether his additions have actually hurt.
Game chat: Moyer tries to dial up more dominance over Florida
The Phillies line up with their best opportunity for a win in today’s rubber match. Jamie Moyer (2-1, 3.38 ERA) is 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA in his four career starts against Florida. He’ll match up with Wes Obermueller (1-0, 3.00), making his second start of the year. The right-hander gave up two runs and four hits in six innings to earn the win Sunday against Washington.
Game time is 1:35 p.m.