This could be a problem.
Brett Myers is 2-3 with a 5.33 ERA. He has pitched more than five innings just four times in his first eight starts. He has just three quality starts. He hasn't given his team enough of a chance to win when he has been on the mound, including yesterday's 8-3 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
"I can't put together back-to-back good starts," Myers said. "I don't know what the problem is. It's frustrating."
Everybody knew Myers' problem earlier this season. He wouldn't throw his fastball because he had no velocity on his fastball. He tried to fool hitters with his off-speed pitches, but that didn't work. He rediscovered his fastball for his May 3 start against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park, where he allowed six hits and two runs and struck out 10 in seven innings. He appeared to have decent velocity yesterday, too. His fastball hit 92 mph on a few occasions.
So what happened yesterday?
"I wouldn't change anything because I felt I had good stuff today," Myers said. "I just got hit around."
"I hope he doesn't try to reinvent something because the stuff he had today easily could have been one run or two runs," said Chris Coste, who caught Myers his last two starts. "There was such a fine line between success and failure today."
Cole Hamels is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA, Jamie Moyer is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA, Kyle Kendrick is 2-2 with a 4.93 ERA and Adam Eaton is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA. The Phillies have three starters with a 4.93 ERA or higher. Moyer has pitched well after seven starts, but he was 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA after his first seven starts last season. He went 10-10 with a 5.65 ERA the rest of the way. That's not to say that will happen again, but that the Phillies shouldn't have to rely on Moyer to be their second-best starter in the rotation.
That should be Myers.
If Myers doesn't straighten out soon, you have to wonder if the starting pitching will catch up to them. They need that 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation, which is what everybody expected when the Phillies returned Myers to the rotation and made him their opening day starter.
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JoeSportsFan has the Mr. Redlegs Remix. I probably enjoyed Mr. Redlegs falling and losing his head more than most people. Not sure why, but I've always enjoyed a good fall. I've fallen myself, obviously. Many times. When I trip over things I typically blurt out, "Have that removed." (Extra credit for those who know where that line comes from.) But I loved how the man inside the costume tried to cover his head to not break the illusion that he's actually -- a freakin' human being!