Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: The End Nears For Jamie Moyer

Reds 7, Rockies 5 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Too many solo home runs. It's weird to say that, but the Rockies only had five hits today and every last one of them was a solo homer. The homers themselves are always good to see, don't get me wrong, but it wouldn't hurt to mix it up a little bit on this homestand.

Turning Point: You'd have to say Brandon Phillips' three-run home in the 3rd. It was the only non-solo roundtripper in the game, and as you can see from the score, the two extra runs made the difference.

Jamie Moyer's Line: 5 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 HR, 79 pitches (49 strikes)

As we've said several times over the weekend, the Great American Ballpark is a pitcher's worst nightmare. Today that nightmare reached ridiculous levels of absurdity as the teams combined to hit nine home runs. Four of those came off Moyer — including one where Todd Frazier lost the grip of his bat, tossed it 60 feet, didn't finish his swing, and the baseball still traveled 370 feet. I've never seen anything like it.

Given those conditions and circumstances, it's difficult to come down too harshly on Moyer for this specific game, but the fact remains he offers no upside currently, and he's certainly not going to be helping out in 2013. The Rockies will be much better off recalling (and sticking with) Drew Pomeranz ASAP.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Reds 5-27-12


Colorado Rockies (17-28)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowtzki (SS)
  5. Jason Giambi (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  8. Wilin Rosario (C)
  9. Jamie Moyer (P)
Sunday lineup grade: B

Cincinnati Reds (26-20)
  1. Zack Cozart (SS)
  2. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Ryan Ludwick (LF)
  7. Todd Frazier (3B)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Mat Latos (P)
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