Phillies’ Bats Betray Moyer Again

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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
3-3
6.56 IP per start
3.66 ERA
1.02 WHIP

Jamie Moyer during winning streak
3-0
7.11 IP per start
3.80 ERA
0.75 WHIP

Jamie Moyer during current losing streak
0-3
6 IP per start
3.50 ERA
1.11 WHIP

Jamie Moyer vs. NL East
3-3
3.55 ERA
0.95 WHIP

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.

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