Jamie Moyer, the youthful 47-year-old left hander for the Philadelphia Phillies has won the teams 5th starter spot in the rotation according to Phillies writer David Murphy. The nearby Sellerville’s native had a rough ending to last season. He was taken out of the rotation after inconsistently performing and acted fairly childish about the whole ordeal. When the camera would pan to the Phillies dugout, Moyer was usually pressed up against the fence while the rest of the bullpen pitchers were in a group in the back, he took it pretty hard. But here he is, in 2010, the fifth starter in the rotation, edging out resurgent right hander Kyle Kendrick. Given that Moyer’s earned run averages the past three season have been 5.04, 3.71, and 4.94 last season, it wouldn’t surprise me if Kendrick is eventually the teams 5th starter.
While you have admire the fact that Moyer, who turns 48, in November, will be pitching in his 24th season, if you’re a Phillies fan you really have to wonder how reliable he is every fifth day. He ended last season with only a 4.94 era because of his long relief appearances that went well. For a while there his ERA was well over 6, which resulted from very poor outings as a starter.
Whether you like the decision or not, the Phillies rotation is now set for the start of the season and Jamie Moyer, for better or for worse, is part of that equation, for now.