MLB.com’s Seth Everett was a guest on WIP’s Morning Show yesterday and raised the issue of trading Brett Myers to a team in need of a closer.
Everett mentioned Milwaukee as a team with playoff aspirations having a rough time with their bullpen. Myers, who avoided arbitration by signing a three-year contract last February, earns $8.5 million this season and $12 million in 2009, so he would be better than a rental. The 27-year-old right-hander has been up-and-down at best in his return to a starting role and excelled last season as a closer. Everett, who said teams probably wouldn’t consider his early struggles a concern, proposed a swap for a package that included one of Milwaukee’s young starters.
Phillies 5, Braves 4: Maybe this is another case of selective memory, but I feel like I've watched a dozen starts by Phillies’ pitchers this season that resemble the one Kyle Kendrick had last night, where he isn't locating his pitches, digs an early hole, you think this is the game he will suffer a massive meltdown, and the next thing you know, he's through six innings.
Kendrick, who struggled in spring training and entered the season near the top of the list of concerns, has been fine as a back-end starter. In his last six starts, including last night, he has a 4.62 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 37.0 IP, 8 BB, 19 K. Hat tip to MG for the math.