The Phillies lost another game started by Brett Myers, this one coming at the hands of the .500 Rangers. With the loss, the Phils’ NL East lead shrinks to one game over Florida.
Myers, who’s doing everything possible to force the Phillies’ hand regarding his status as a starting pitcher, allowed five runs and four walks in two-plus innings, the shortest start of his career. This latest meltdown came after the Phillies spotted him a four-run lead after a five-run rally in the third inning, fueled by Pedro Feliz’s grand slam. The Phils would tally two more runs on solo shots by Chris Coste and Jayson Werth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the messes made by Myers, and to a lesser degree, Clay Condrey.
Beerleaguer: It’s getting late for Brett Myers to fix this. There’s little consistency from start to start. There’s nothing to build on, no repetition, none of that. Throw in this latest effort and I have to believe the Phils are ready to face the music and concede that he’s not going to be the reliable starter they’d hoped, the guy they counted on in late 2006. That was 3-4 mph and a closer job ago. They either trust in Rich Dubee and Myers to solve this problem - from somewhere close to square one - or try something new.