Critics argue that 46-year-old Jamie Moyer's performance is worse than pitchers like Adam Eaton and Kyle Kendrick, who were ousted from the rotation in 2008. Defenders call those comparisons unfair and point toward steady improvements since the start of the season.
"Adam Eaton : Last pitched July 27th, with a 5.80 ERA. Jamie Moyer : At July 22nd, has a 5.65 ERA. He has rebounded from his early season catastrophe, but not completely - only 2 out of his last 5 starts have been QS, which is hardly a high bar to clear. Getting rid of ineffective starters last year was one of the main reasons we made the playoffs... the Phillies shouldn't get complacent now." - Daxe X
"Moyer has actually been getting better as the season continues, not worse (unlike Eaton and KK, thus making that comparison lame-brained.) Including today's disaster, Moyer's numbers for the past 3 months are: May 1-4, 8.01; June 2-1, 4.80; July 3-1, 4.24. It seems to me that unless Moyer reverses that trend these posters are going to be what they almost always are: Wrong." - clout
"There are $10M or so reasons why Moyer's days are a Phils' starter aren't numbered. That is what they are likely going to owe him next season if he gives them 180 IP and 30 GS. At 150 IP and 23 GS, his base next year is $7M. If he hits 180 IP and 30 GS, his base will be $10M next year so yeah the Phils actually have plenty of incentive to pull Moyer from the rotation, but I can't imagine that would go over well with him, teammates, or probably even Cholly" - MG
Notes: In front of Blue Jays scouts, Kyle Drabek threw eight innings and allowed just two runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked one and at one point retired 13 consecutive batters for his sixth win. In hot stove news, J.P. Ricciardi told ESPN's Jayson Stark that he expects Roy Halladay talks to really heat up next week.... On a related front, top Colorado prospect Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from his start last night "as a precaution for possible, future organizational moves," according to a report. The Rox are losely linked to Halladay, but are believed to have more interest in Chad Qualls, who is on the Phillies' radar.