Sunday, May 24, 2015

The three-day hangover?

The perils of pitching on three days' rest.

The three-day hangover?

The pattern is obvious enough, even though everybody involved denies that it was an issue. It seems pretty clear that both Jamie Moyer and Brett Myers, after pitching on three days' rest last week in the Phillies' save-the-season series against Milwaukee, had to deal with some after-effects.

That isn't to say that manager Charlie Manuel wouldn't do it again, because he would. It paid off -- they won both of the starts against the Brewers, and they won Moyer's next start before losing last night at Florida with Myers pitching. But there was a price to be paid. Moyer lasted only 5 2/3 innings in his start against Atlanta, allowing six earned runs and walking four. The Phils won anyway because they always win in Atlanta anymore, but this was one of Moyer's worst outings of the season.

Then, Friday night in Florida, Myers was rocketed by the Marlins for 10 earned runs in four innings. The first inning, especially, was Billmeyeresque. Myers just had nothing.

Again, they all said it had nothing to do with the three days' rest thing. Fine.

And they clearly would do it again. Obviously.

Unless, of course, it turns out to be the mother of all hangovers.

Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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