The question isn’t can Jamie Moyer pitch forever? The question is how long can Jamie Moyer pitch effectively?
It has to end at at some point, doesn’t it? Over the first month of this season, Moyer was undeniably the Rockies’ best pitcher. Despite the fact Colorado went 1-3 over his first four starts, it certainly wasn’t due to Moyer’s performance. In those four starts he gave up only four earned runs, but the Rockies committed three errors in his first start, two in his second, two in his third, and one in his fourth. They also struggled at the plate, averaging just 3.5 runs in those games.
In his fifth start, Moyer got roughed up by the New York Mets. Despite chucking seven strikeouts, Moyer also gave up 11 hits and saw the Mets spray his pitches all over the yard.
In his next start, Moyer got rocked by the Atlanta Braves , Moyer was rocked again, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs over five innings.
Last night was more of the same. Moyer surrendered five runs and seven hits over five innings, with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Don’t look now, but that first month of the season is long gone. Since breaking former Dodger Jack Quinn’s record as the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, Moyer is winless in four starts with a 6.43 ERA and a WHIP which has surged over of 1.50.
Sadly, those numbers are trending badly, and there aren’t many pitchers who survive long heading that way. For now, the Rockies must be hoping that these last three starts are simply off days and not a sign that the miracle is ending. Colorado has a pitching staff which has been shakier that Jell-o in an earthquake, and until recently Moyer was the stabilizing factor.
The bottom line is the Rockies need Moyer to return to his opening month form.
The question is can he?