Less than 24 hours after Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League history (in a 1-0 win), the Phillies’ offense sputtered once again. Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins’ bullpen blanked the Phillies in yet another 1-0 game.
Jamie Moyer pitched an excellent game, allowing one earned run in six innings. Moyer has now lost three consecutive starts; he allowed only two earned runs in a May 19 loss to the Cubs. I lay the blame on the anemic offense. Prior to Moyer’s three-game losing streak, he had a three-game winning streak.
Jamie Moyer in last six starts
6.56 IP per start
Jamie Moyer during winning streak
7.11 IP per start
Jamie Moyer during current losing streak
6 IP per start
Jamie Moyer vs. NL East
Moyer clearly has good numbers during both his three-game winning streak and three-game losing streak. The Phillies are just merely struggling to generate any offense. I say there is no cause for alarm, as the Phillies are prone to hot streaks and cold streaks with the bat; however, I do empathize with the fans’ frustrations with the offense. It must be very annoying for the pitchers as well.
Jayson Werth is hitless in his last 17 at-bats; Werth has seen his AVG dip from .359 on May 7 to .295 after today’s game. Werth was 0/4 with four strikeouts in today’s game. I would recommend sitting Werth out for about two games and let Ross Gload play. Having a few days off might serve Werth well and give him time to work with the hitting coach.