Moyer love songs

I recently wrote to Jamie Moyer fanatic Rob in Iowa:

Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:31 AM
Subject: Moyer history
Doubt you missed it, but just in case: check out the new oldest pitcher to win an MLB game.

Moyer has been luckily unlucky this year– 5 of the 10 runs he’s allowed are unearned; if they weren’t unearned, his ERA would be 5.09 rather than 2.55. Also, his WHIP (walks & hits per inning pitched) is 1.30, close to his career WHIP of 1.32, but his K/9 has dropped to a career low 4.2 (even in 2010, when he was hardly a power pitcher, he was striking out 5.1 per 9). And his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is a somewhat lucky .266; BABIP typically tends to even out around .300, so more of what were outs should be hits eventually, regardless of where he’s pitching or to whom.

On the other hand, the man is 49 and now has 267 career wins– only 34 of which came before he turned 30, 104 of which have come since he turned 40. His two 20 win seasons came at 38 and 40. I was 13 when he made his ML debut. He was once traded for Mitch Williams. Wild Thing retired 15 years ago. Hell, by now even Tim Wakefield has retired (I think).

I suspect Moyer will retire at 50 if he can hang on for two more seasons– I mean, the guy wears #50; no idea why (do you know?) but one can extrapolate. Will there be another Jamie Moyer? Roy Halladay could easily last until 40. Even if Doc hangs on until 42 or 43, though, he’ll still be over half a decade behind Moyer.

The 5-6 Rockies have many problems to deal with this season. A 49-year old lefty isn’t one of them.

Rob’s response:

From: Rob in Iowa
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:50 PM
Subject: Re: Moyer history
Thanks for the Moyer E-mail. Meant a lot to me. I knew he was on the mound the night before and had to force myself to open the Des Moines Register sports page the next morn. I was thrilled. Actually hadn’t felt that “baseball-way” since Seaver recorded # 300. As Roger Angell once wrote, “It’s the caring that counts.”

I recall 2 years ago when he got off to that great April/May start (thanks to tons of run support) in Philly. I’m thinking, he’s a lock for an All-Star pick. JM was like 8-3 when he lost a 2-1 heartbreaker– then got shelled for the next 2 outings– then went on the DL for a full year and a half– then all was lost. And NOW– an unfathomable return.

The Rocks will battle to stay .500 all season. So will JM if he stays healthy. How does he DO this?


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