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Moyer tosses bullpen session

Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:03 pm
 
Jamie Moyer Don't look now, but Jamie Moyer could pitch in October for the Phillies.

Moyer tossed his first bullpen session since going down with a left elbow sprain Monday, throwing 20 "fastballs" and proclaiming he could return in October, but would defer to the Phillies on that decision, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

"My biggest goal is to prove to myself that I'm healthy and that I can pitch,'' Moyer said . Despite turning 48 in November, Moyer still plans on heading to camp with a team in the hopes of winning a job and getting one step closer to pitching until age 50.

Moyer made 19 starts on the season, posting a 9-9 record and a 4.84 ERA, showing he can still produce in the back of a rotation -- and perhaps contribute even more value if in a pitcher's park.

As solid as Moyer has been, however, I can't imagine the Phillies throwing a 48-year-old throwing slop in the fire against postseason-quality lineups with an arm three months removed from game action.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:45 am
 

Moyer tosses bullpen session

Jamie Moyer should just rest until the spring. He was solid this year at times but there is no chance of him pitching in the postseason. The Phillies shouldn't consider any pitcher besides Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt starting in the playoffs. Maybe and I mean MAYBE if the Phillies have a 3-0 or 3-1 lead, let Joe Blanton go out there and pitch a game. Kyle Kendrick should never see the field except maybe long relief, but with those three, the Phils won't need long relief.

Please Charlie  Manuel take a lesson from last year and do not march out pitchers that can't blow people away. Pedro Martinez was your Oops! moment last season, don't let it happen again.

With all of that being said, I wouldn't mind in the least if the Phils' rotation next year was Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, Blanton and Moyer. Kyle Kendrick is consistent enough to be a No. 5, but the most he will ever be is a No. 4. Trade him or let Moyer retire.



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:29 am
 

Moyer tosses bullpen session

Can't see him in this years post season. Have to give him credit for what he did this year as a starter. He was definately our 5th starter and we haven't been the same since. As for his return next season only he could do it at his age and if kk returns with the same stuff he had to offer this year Moyer could make the starting rotation. If not a starter I'm sure he can fill a bullpen spot. Then he could be there for next years repeat. Keep up the good work Jamie.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:16 pm
 

Moyer tosses bullpen session

"As solid as Moyer has been, however, I can't imagine the Phillies throwing a 48-year-old throwing slop in the fire against postseason-quality lineups with an arm three months removed from game action."

Well, theres, Halladay, Hamels & Oswalt, the other two spots are really open Blanton and Kendrick have been hit & miss all season long. In my opinion, Blanton being the more consistent of the two, but when Moyer went on the DL, he was probably pitching better than both have over the course of the season ? All three of these guys are capable of strong outings, but for the most part they are pitchers that are going to need at least 6 runs in support ? And Hamels last outing vs the Mets, he went back to giving up multiple hr's and then had the 3+ run inning that had him leave early and was done after the 4th inning that he can't do in the playoffs. I don't think Hamels will do that against the NL teams in the playoffs, or rather he can get away with it if the Phillies have the offense going, but show up at the World Series like rhat, any of these guys, Halladay & Oswalt included and they'll lose again. This Phillies team isn't hitting like the last couple of seasons and that has me just as, if not more worried than the potential of the pitching staff to fail. Tendencies to allow the opponents first run(s) to be hr's, a 3-5 run inning and ultimately have multiple hr's. If the offense hasn't provided the run support, it's why these pitchers records sport 10 losses or more.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:37 pm
 

Moyer tosses bullpen session

Would be nice to see him get a few more years to try for 300 wins.  Great guy.



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Moyer tosses bullpen session

Go Gramps!  You are only 4 years younger than I am!  Love to see you baffle supposedly major league hitters with your blazing 81 MPH fastball and your biting 68 MPH changeup...I hope you can do this till age 50 with a precisely-located 78 MPH "fastball" and a 63 MPH changeup.


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