Does 250 Really Matter Right Now?
Jamie Moyer finally accomplished his 250th Victory as a Major League Starter today.
I don't think anyone would be insulting enough to begrudge him such an awesome accomplishment. The question is though, "Does it actually matter for the Phillies?"
The Phillies took a blow on Saturday when Brett Myers went down. Losing their number two starter obviously effects a team, and raises a lot of questions.
So far the other starters and the bullpen have answered the questions. Yes, Cole Hamels struggled yesterday, but he made it through, and handed the ball to a more than capable Bullpen.
While it is impressive that at age 46 Moyer has tacked on win 250, the more important thing, is that he pitched well. Throwing 102 pitches without walking a single batter, and only giving up one run.
The only bad numbers Moyer put up were an error, and a solo home run.
Clay Condrey and Ryan Madson continue to do amazing jobs coming out of the pen. And Brad Lidge is back.
Wait, he never left.
Did people really think Charlie Manuel was crazy when he said Lidge was his closer? Were you really expecting him not to blow a save? I say better now than later.
Right now it's questions that plague the Phillies.
Will the remainder of the starting rotation, and the bullpen, be able to hold up through the rest of the season?
Who is going to take Myers spot permanently?
The only things we know so far are that Chan Ho Park is staying in the Pen, and the Phillies aren't looking to sign Pedro Martinez.
Tuesday Manuel will hand the ball to Antonio Bastardo, a 23 year-old lefty who started the year at Double A Reading.
Is he the answer?
Well let's just let the kid have his first Major League appearance before we throw that mantel on to his shoulders.
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