Brett Myers continued to make the most of his second chance, punishing the Nationals for his first complete-game shutout in four years. He’s 3-1 with a 1.94 ERA since his minor league demotion.
Credit the Phillies for making these next-day summaries easy. This one was all Myers, who threw 82 of 119 pitches for strikes, whirling a nasty deuce to the tune of nine strikeouts. This is the best Myers we’ve seen since he was closing games a year ago: good snap; spotless location; and most importantly, he’s not making dumb mistakes out over the plate. In the six starts since the All-Star break, he’s surrendered just two home runs, this after serving up 24 in his first 17.
Clearly, the demotion was the right call. Keeping him in the rotation would also appear to be the right decision. If he can sustain it, mechanically and mentally, Myers can be the Game 2 pitcher they’d hoped should the Phils return to the post-season.
Eaton hammered: On the other hand, a demotion has done nothing to fix Adam Eaton (0-3). Eaton allowed six runs on seven hits, including two home runs in a start for Reading. Beerleaguer’s senior correspondent was at that game, and from his report, the home runs were smoked. In four starts for Reading, he has a 7.24 ERA. Time to write him off as a lost cause.
Podcast: Last night, I was a guest on “On the DL with Dan Levy,” discussing my Best of Philly award, the history of Beerleaguer, blogging, J-Roll and the Phillies’ chances this season. Thanks to Dan and Nick for having me on, and for reminding me that it’s time to update my headshot. [Link]