Moyer spits in face of Father Timeby Eric Schwartz
Chipper Jones — or Larry Jones, as his birth certificate reads — hasn’t been too thrilled with his team’s offense lately.
One day after being no-hit by bellow-average pitcher Scott Olsen and the Nationals, Jones watched the Braves offense stink the joint up again.
This time they couldn’t hit the oldest man in the league, Jamie Moyer.
Just how old is Moyer?
It depends who you ask. Jones, for example thinks he’s pretty old.
“Jamie carved us tonight,” Jones said, after Moyer pitched a complete -game shutout in the Phillies 7-0 win. “The guy is 87 years old and he’s still pitching for a reason. He stays off the barrel. He changes speeds, changes the game plan and keeps you guessing.”
Jones was exaggerating Moyer’s age of course — Moyer is a young 47 — but who could have saw this coming?
After his first couple of starts it looked like Moyer would be the weak link in the rotation, but since the opening month of the season Moyer has been more than respectable. He improved to 4-2 and lowered his ERA to a manageable 4.38. With this offense, 4:38 is good enough from a No. 5 starter.
Moyer has thrown a two-hitter before. In fact his first came in 1986. I can’t quite recall who that game was against.
Maybe that’s because I was 2.