Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jamie Moyer will be 5th starter

No, it's not official. But Moyer made it all but official last night, when he took on a Yankees lineup which featured most of their everyday players.

All Moyer did was pitch 6.2 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter. In two Grapefruit League starts, his ERA is 0.77. The Phils won 3-0 after Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson finished the shutout with a hold and save respectively.

After this performance, there is no way the Phillies select Kyle Kendrick over Moyer, though Kendrick is very deserving of the spot as well. Kendrick will have every opportunity to continue to pitch well out of the 'pen for the Phils.

Moyer's leash will likely be a bit short this season. If he falters, Kendrick is obviously in line to step in, much like J.A. Happ did over Chan Ho Park last season.

The MLB regular season is just eight days away, and Moyer's spectacular outing last night cemented himself in the rotation, for now, and set aside any roster questions the team has heading into 2010.

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