Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Please, no more Moyer

Some losses are downright predictable. The Indians’ 2-1 loss to the Phillies Tuesday night was one of them. You could see this one coming three days ago.

With a lineup filled with young and inexperienced hitters, the last kind of pitcher the Indians need to see is 47-year-old Jamie Moyer. Moyer was pitching in the major leagues before many of the players in the Indians’ starting lineup were even shaving.

Moyer survives, no, make that flourishes, by changing speeds, hitting his spots, and many times letting the batter get himself out by swinging at pitchers’ pitches. In other words, young hitters can be easy prey for a crafty veteran like Moyer.

Even veteran hitters can be dominated by Moyer, when he is at his best. The Indians found that out in the 2001 Division Series, when Moyer was with Seattle. In two starts in that series against the Indians, Moyer was 2-0, with a 1.50 ERA.

That 2001 Indians lineup was an all veteran lineup (Lofton, Vizquel, Robbie Alomar, Juan Gonzalez, Ellis Burks, Jim Thome, Travis Fryman, Marty Cordova), but Moyer, then a spry 38-year-old, made that lineup look just as bad as he made the Indians’ mostly inexperienced lineup look Tuesday night.

So the Indians couldn’t beat him when he was 38. They couldn’t beat him at 47. Maybe they’ll have better when he’s 56.


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