The Stat Line of the Night — 6/22/10 — Jamie Moyer
Jamie Moyer continues to impress baseball fans around the country, just like he did as a rookie in 1986. Yeah, 1986. The crafty left-hander has been pitching in the Major Leagues for 25 years. He will be turning 48 at the end of this season, but he is still extremely effective as he proved in last night’s dominant outing. Sure he’s a soft-tosser, but he’s damn good at it. Just ask the Cleveland Indians.
In vintage Moyer form, he got only 5 strikeouts in 8 innings, but managed to get 14 of his other 19 outs on ground balls, while only 5 were fly outs. He only gave up 2 hits and a walk, although one of those hits was a record-setting home run. Russell Branyan’s home run in the 2nd gave Moyer 505 home runs allowed in his career, tied for most all-time. Although its a dubious distinction, it is a testament to Moyer’s longevity. The win lowers Jamie’s ERA to 4.43 and runs his record this season to 8-6. He now has 266 career wins, tying him for 35th on the all-time list.
The Phillies are still 4.5 games back of the red-hot Braves and Mets, but performances like Moyer’s will be key to the team’s success down the stretch. In the high-scoring NL East, great pitching is at a premium. Last night’s “Stat Line of the Night” goes to Jamie Moyer.