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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

When the Phillies traded for the Mariners Jamie Moyer I greeted the deal with a big shrug. So they dealt for a 43-year old pitcher with experience. Moyer wasn’t going to make any sort of an impact, I was certain. So far Jamie Moyer has pitched four games for the Phillies and he’s had a decidedly positive impact on the team. Statistically and mentally, Moyer’s presence has bolstered the rotation and given the Phillies a boost in their quest for the post-season:

Here is a quick look at Moyer’s numbers:

HR/9: 0.66
BB/9: 0.99
K/9: 4.94
ERA: 3.95
FIP: 3.39
WHIP: 1.06

Confused about what I’m talking about? Here are the stats I refer to defined:
WHIP – Walks plus hits by innings pitched: (BB + H) / IP = WHIP
ERA – Earned Run Average: (Earned Runs * 9) / IP = ERA
FIP – Fielding Independent Pitching: (13*HR+3*BB-2*K / IP) + League Factor Evaluates a pitching by how he would have done with an average defense behind him by keeping track of things that a pitcher can control (walks, strikeouts, home runs allowed) as opposed to things he cannot (hits allowed, runs allowed).
Hr/9 – Home Runs allowed per nine innings: (HR * 9) / IP
K/9 – Strikeouts per nine innings: (K * 9) / IP
BB/9 – Walks per nine innings: (BB * 9) / IP

These are based on just four starts and twenty-seven innings, but they are pretty impressive. Few walks and/or home runs allowed. He’s turning into a pretty tough guy to get much of a hit off of. Moyer’s FIP ERA ranks him first amongst the Phillies starters:

Moyer: 3.39
Hamels: 4.14
Myers: 4.15
Lieber: 4.37
Wolf: 5.43

Moyer is a major reason why the Phillies much-maligned starting rotation has been doing well of late. He’s a solid pitcher with a nice array of off-speed pitches to keep the opposition off-balance. Thus far he is doing what I always hoped that Jon Lieber would do: throw lots of off-speed junk to keep the opposition’s batters off-balance and swinging. Moyer has had a lot of success.

This article from ESPN.com by Jerry Crasnick high-lights another thing that Moyer brings to the table: experience. Moyer has pitched in twenty MLB seasons, breaking in with the Cubs in 1986. He’s a great player to mentor Cole Hamels and give the team the experience they need to pursue the wildcard down the stretch.

Obviously I was wrong to write-off the acquisition of Moyer as nothing: it was a much savvier deal than I realized and Pat Gillick deserves credit for it. Good work, Pat.

Wildcard Watch! … The Phillies and much of MLB didn’t play last night, so there was very little movement in the wildcard standings aside from the Marlins 16-5 butt-kicking of the Mets, which shaved a half game off the Marlins deficit.

Here are the standings …

1. San Diego: 74-68
2. Florida: 73-71 (2.0)
3. Philadelphia: 72-71 (2.5)
4. San Francisco: 72-71 (2.5)
5. Cincinnati: 71-72 (3.5)
6. Houston: 70-73 (4.5)
7. Atlanta: 69-74 (5.5)

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