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Just a Day: June 10, 2002

July 10, 2009

The ol’ randomizer came up with a fairly recent one this time. Which is good, because it’s already pretty late at night, and maybe I can get away with saying less than I would if I got myself absorbed in 1957 or something. (If you missed the first one of these, here’s how it works.)

It’s also another day with more than one very long game, which is kind of fun. It’s interleague play, which is less fun (to me). In any case, onward!

  • Jamie Moyer throws a complete-game, 123-pitch shutout, the Mariners thumping the Cardinals 10-0. It’s Moyer’s second consecutive game allowing no runs (he’d gone 8 in a win over the A’s on the 5th), and runs his record to 6-2, 3.52. He had looked done as a 38 year old in 2000, then exploded back to win 20 for the first time in his career in 2001. He’d go on to have another fine season (128 ERA+, though with only 13 wins), then win 21 in 2003 at age 40. He’s won 68 games (and counting) since. I know I just talked about him a little while ago, but it’s always worth remembering what a wonderfully weird career he’s had. Ichiro! has three of his 212 hits, and inexplicable fan favorite Charles Gipson singles, triples, walks and drives in two.
  • In the same game, 32 year old So Taguchi makes his Major League debut and goes 0-for-3 for the Cards. I believe that Taguchi was the second Japanese position player to hit the Majors after Ichiro!, so it was fitting that he debuted opposite the first. Didn’t turn out quite as well.
  • The Twins beat the Braves, 6-5, in 15 innings. I’ve just remembered for some reason, as I’m looking this over, that The Common Man was at this game and told me about it at the time; here’s hoping he hops on and tells what he remembers (if anything). It was a historic opportunity to watch the great Greg Maddux at the Dome…and he’s very much off his game, giving up 5 runs in 7 innings. Luckily, Eric Milton matches him run for run, and the bullpens take over and make quite a show of it. Eventually, in the bottom of the 15th, 37 year old backup catcher Tom Prince singles, then somehow lumbers all the way around on a Cristian Guzman double to win it. That must’ve been quite a sight (or quite a double). Journeyman reliever Tony “the Vulture” Fiore goes three scoreless for maybe his most honest “win” of the year; that puts him at 4-1, and he ends the season 10-3.
    [Edit: here’s the recap. Apparently Prince was running on the pitch, but it still seems like an awful lot to ask of the slowest runner on the team. Guzman: “I thought, ‘hey, he can make it!'”]
  • Game of the Day: The Marlins blow out the Royals in 14 innings. Yes, you read that right. The Royals score in the bottom of the 9th to tie it at 6. Florida scores two in the 12th, but so do the Royals. So it’s 8-8 in the top of the 14th, and the Royals suddenly go all Royalsy: walk, wild pitch, fielder’s choice, wild pitch, double, intentional walk, single, walk, walk, single, fielder’s choice, popout. Seven runs come home in all that, and the Marlins waltz away with the 15-8 win. Pitcher Mac Suzuki was out there for better or worse, and thus responsible for all that ugly: four walks (five in his two IP) and two wild pitches. They actually let him into three more games after this one, the last three he’d ever get into (in the Majors, that is–seven years later, his career is still alive and kicking in one of professional baseball’s little out-of-the-way places).
    [EDIT: recap. Amazingly, not a word about Suzuki’s implosion. Derrek Lee homered twice for the second straight game, then hit 4 homers in his next 47 games.]
  • There was apparently a partial solar eclipse visible in parts of the Pacific side of the world.
  • According to Wikipedia (and uncredited), “the first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.”
  • I was attempting to sell cars at a crummy dealership in Washington state. This lasted less than a month. Probably the worst idea ever. What were you doing?

Jamie Moyer could be almost your whole team’s dad

June 24, 2009

I don’t think baseball-reference or retrosheet can do this yet (I could be wrong), but I’d really like to know how often one starting pitcher in a game has been twice the (seasonal) age of the opposing starting pitcher. I bet you could find a bunch of them just by looking at the last few years of the likes of Moyer, Ryan and Johnson and the first few of Feller and Newhouser. But anyway…I’d like to know, but not enough to actually go looking.

Regardless, it happened on Tuesday night, and it was bad news for the young guy, with 23 year old David Price and the Rays falling to 46 year old Jamie Moyer and the Phillies by a score of 10-1.

Now, Price didn’t pitch that badly (though he pitched plenty badly), and Moyer probably didn’t pitch that well (though I’d like to see anyone in his peer group do better). Price suffered from some terrible defense behind him…but did give up 5 “earned” runs (he surrendered all 10 total runs), and his K/BB/HR ratio was an ugly 1.0 (he racked up two of each in just over four innings). Moyer needed 101 pitches to get through six, and walked three, but he did double up on the younger’s strikeouts, with 4, and he allowed only the one run to score.

Price throws a 94 MPH fastball and a sharp 86 MPH slider; Moyer hasn’t thrown any of his pitches 86 in probably 15 years, and his fastball averages 82.

Now, Moyer’s 6 IP, 1 ER lowered his ERA for the season to just barely below 6, so let’s not get too carried away. But that 5.97 ERA is good for (approximately) a 74 ERA+, which is 10th all time for a player 46 and older (minimum 70 IP). And of the seasons ahead of his, two are by Hoyt Wilhelm, two by Jack Quinn, and two by Phil Niekro, and one by Brian Dowling in 1901, which should hardly count. So you could argue that Moyer is the 6th-best 46 year old pitcher of all time. Also, only Niekro (and Dowling) was a full-time starter by that age; if Moyer tops 138.2 innings this year (also a Niekro number, at age 48), he’ll have thrown the most innings in a season by a dude 46 or older, aside from Phil Niekro, in the last 108 years.

And he doesn’t even throw a knuckleball! Now, I’m pretty sick of the Phils, but you gotta love Jamie Moyer.