Jamie Moyer, circa 2006
From April 30th to May 18th, Jamie Moyer had four starts that were, to be kind, awful:
4/30: 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
5/6: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
5/11: 2 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
5/18: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
For those four starts, his ERA was 12.63 and people were calling for his release. Since May 18th, he’s pitched 102 1/3 innings and posted an ERA of 3.34.
For the season, Moyer’s ERA is 4.20. His Fielding Independant ERA of 4.26 is better than C.C. Sabathia, Brad Radke, Barry Zito, and Jarrod Washburn, among others.
At this point, there should be no doubt that Jamie Moyer should be part of the Mariners 2006 rotation. The man continues to defy age, and his skills are perfectly suited for pitching in Safeco Field. While the team rightfully acknowledges that the rotation needs serious upgrades, the new acquisitions should be replacing Ryan Franklin, Gil Meche, and Joel Pineiro. Jamie Moyer should be back in 2006.