Brett Myers walked off the field to a chorus of boos after giving up eight runs – six earned – over 4 1-3 innings in a 8-6 loss to the Braves. Readers generally agree that Myers – who allowed three home runs to make it 15 on the season – has been undone by poor command.
"Myers problem tonight is what his problem usually is: Location. If he can locate his fastball and curve within the zone consistently, he can win big throwing 80% curveballs. If he can't put them in the proper spots, then it doesn't matter what % of anything he throws. He's gonna suck." – clout
"Myers' velocity has vacillated back and forth. Tonight it wasn't there but he was throwing his fastball @ 92-93 MPH in his last start. Tonight he wasn't able to locate and got burnt. I still think the Braves' advance scouts saw something though because the Braves were swinging at a ton of first pitches in their ABs early tonight. ... Even if Myers is only throwing 89-90 MPH on his fastball, he can still be a very effective pitcher but needs to use the offspeed stuff more and earlier in the count (and basically junk the cutter since there isn't enough velocity difference between it right now and his fastball).” -- MG
"Maybe it's past the point where the Phils can even look at him as an effective starter. How long do you wait? When Howard slumps, he's one guy out of nine on the field. You can live with it. When a starting pitcher slumps, he's affecting the team in a much more drastic way, every fifth day. And there's no place to put him in the bullpen. Starting to think Seth Everett might have a point." – RSB
Beerleaguer: The Phillies need to get to the bottom of the velocity issue with Myers, because if he's hurt, now's the time to do something about it. A 15-day trip to the DL would be an excellent option. It's not like they'd miss his starts right now, and they have a replacement throwing well in Happ. A tryout would also allow the Phils to see what they have in Happ, who's 25 and doesn't need any more time in AAA. Myers' strikeout totals - which are still strong - are a little deceiving. Even the game at San Fran was not particularly sharp and the reported improvement in velocity couldn't have been more overblown. He's barely 90, and he looks sloppy, too. Sharp contrast in craft between Glavine, who hits his spots, and Myers, who isn't establishing his fastball, and gets burned by too many careless mistakes.
Taguchi slumping: A look around the league finds teams starting to cut bait with underperforming players, even players with substantial contracts. It happened recently with outfielder Jason Michaels in Cleveland. On a different team, one with better depth, So Taguchi, who grounded into a killer DP last night, might have been out of a job as well. I thought Taguchi would be a nice fit – and still may be – but his last hit came April 25 and he’s batting 178/.229/.222. Taguchi, who signed for $1M this winter, will be 39 in July. One has to wonder if he’s lost just too many steps to contribute.