One unhappy left-hander
- Jamie Moyer did not answer questions about his demotion to the bullpen this afternoon at Wrigley Field, but he certainly spoke his mind.
"You can't promise anything in this game, but I really felt that Ruben [Amaro Jr.] parlayed to me that this type of situation would not happen. Actually, even had some discussion with David [Montgomery] with them reassuring me that this type of situation wouldn't happen. Again, I'm a little disheartened by the way it's happened, how it's happened. We're still in first place. I probably feel like I haven't contributed as well as I could have, but I think if you go around to the other 24 players on our club they would probably say the same type of thing."
I'm not sure about the difference between not answering questions and speaking one's mind, but we'll leave that distinction for another day.
Does Moyer deserve to lose his spot in the rotation? Well, he does have a 5.47 ERA, along with (not coincidentally) the lowest strikeout rate and the worst strikeout-to-walk ratio among the six Phillies who have started more than five games this season.
Is there any reason to think he'll suddenly start pitching better? He's 46. I wouldn't put good money on it. Yes, it's reasonable to wonder why Ruben Amaro Jr. committed $13 million to Moyer last winter, but general managers are prone to silliness after winning a World Series. Consider it a bout of temporary insanity, move on with your lives ... and find Moyer a spot from where he can do minimal damage.
This year it's the bullpen. Next year, sad to say, it might be a forced retirement. I just don't know how this thing has a happy ending unless the Phillies, fighting next year for yet another division title, choose to carry a 47-year-old reliever on the roster all season.