Dubee: You can't ignore Moyer's track record

Jamie Moyer will be competing with Kyle Kendrick for the fifth spot in the rotation. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Greetings from the land of Mickey and Goofy where the Phillies will play a rare road night game in spring training. The opponent is the Atlanta Braves, who train here in the shadow of Disney World.

Roy Halladay will make his second start of the spring tonight and he will throw about 50 pitches, Rich Dubee said. A few of my Twitter followers joked that'll be a complete game. Well played.

Dubee touched on a few other topics. The most interesting was this: Based on his track record, Jamie Moyer is the favorite for the fifth starter's job.

Like everyone, Dubee said he has been impressed with the way Kyle Kendrick has come to camp and handled himself. He has thrown five scoreless innings this spring and has yet to walk a batter.

But Dubee said the winner wouldn't necessarily be based on the best man this spring.

"No, I don't think so," Dubee said. "I think Jamie comes in with a big track record. You can't just go away from that. What did he win last year? Twelve? Sixteen the year before. He has a tremendously long track record of being a winning pitcher, even when he turned 40."

Dubee said part of the reason why Moyer has pitched in just "B" games was because the staff wanted him in a less strenuous environment to start the spring. Moyer will make his second start in a "B" game on Wednesday against Toronto.

Moyer's next start will likely be in a Grapefruit League game.

"I like to see Kyle in the regular games," Dubee said. "He's the guy who has to win the job. Really, in my mind, he has to win the job."


Dubee said at this point, J.C. Romero likely will not be ready for opening day.

"I haven't ruled it out," Dubee said. "But I think it's a long shot, which we anticipated."

Romero threw another bullpen session earlier today but still hasn't moved beyond throwing just fastballs. He also must take two days off in between each bullpen session.

Closer Brad Lidge will face hitters for the first time this spring on Wednesday during a live batting practice situation. Lidge is ahead of Romero, Dubee said.

"I think he's still on the radar screen [for opening day], that's for sure," Dubee said. "But you don't put certainties or timetables on rehab guys."


And yes, there is a game tonight. Shane Victorino is here and will play in his first Grapefruit League game. Manager Charlie Manuel said he has no worries about Victorino being able to catch up. He missed the first six exhibition games.

Also, the game is being televised on MLB Network.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Greg Dobbs 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Jayson Werth 9
6. Ben Francisco 7
7. Brian Schneider 2
8. Brian Bocock 4
9. Roy Halladay 1