Moyer's latest effort not quite fifth starter-worthy
Jamie Moyer was deemed the favorite in the fifth starter's race last week by pitching coach Rich Dubee, thanks to the 47-year-old left-hander's extensive resume.
But if the Phils go purely on who pitches best in spring training, Kyle Kendrick appears to have the upper hand with three weeks until Opening Day.
On Sunday, Kendrick extended his spring training scoreless streak to nine innings. He hasn't even walked a batter in three Grapefruit League games.
Meanwhile, Moyer has been pitching in B-gams (his first Grapefruit appearance is scheduled for Saturday). In his first two rounds against the Blue Jays, Moyer posted six zeroes onto the scoreboard.
That ended Monday, when Toronto kept their regular lineup back home for the 'B' game, and thus, threw 'A' hitters at Moyer.
The lineup: Jose Bautista, Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, John Buck, Chris Lubanski (a minor league and Philly-area product), Alex Gonzalez and Joey Gathright.
Toronto's first four hitters all reached base with hits off Moyer.
Moyer's final line: three innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches (41 for strikes).
"I didn’t think I threw very well," Moyer said. "I elevated a few too many pitches. I threw a lot of poor pitches and I threw a lot of good pitches. I’m the type of person that is going to use my energy and put it into the good pitches. I know the bad pitches were bad pitches. And they hit them. It is what it is."
With Kendrick tearing it up, is Moyer interested to see what happens in three weeks? (Whether he's asked to go into the pen or declared the winner in the fifth starter race?)
"That’s their choice," Moyer said, referring to the coaching staff and management.
So you're just along for the ride, doing what you can?
"Exactly," Moyer said. "Contribute. It’s all about contributing."