When 83-bagillion-year-old Jamie Moyer was released by the Rockies last week, we all wondered and speculated with baited breath as to whether or not this was the end for the geriatric old man. Not so! The Baltimore Orioles, trying their best to reclaim the OriLOLes nickname, signed Moyer to a minor-league contract and sent him to AAA-Norfolk for some tune-up starts
Not only is Moyer old, but he was ineffective in his stint with the Rockies posting a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts. Going from the NL West to the AL East (and from one extreme hitter’s park to another) is not likely to help Moyer’s numbers, but that hasn’t stopped some from reading way too much into his start for the Norfolk Tides yesterday.
In said start, the white-haired, wrinkly-faced Moyer threw five shutout innings, allowed just one hit and walked zero against the Buffalo Bisons. Most are viewing this as a positive step in Moyer’s re-integration in to the Majors, but a lineup that includes the likes of Corey Wimberly, Brad Emaus, Fred Lewis and Matt Tuiasosopo doesn’t inspire in me the confidence to go draft him in my fantasy pool.
Expecting anything at all from the ancient Moyer at this point in his career is likely akin to wearing the rosiest of rose-coloured glasses, but expecting anything out of him while pitching against lineups like the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays in homer-crazy Camden Yards is bordering on lunacy. Moyer’s biggest foible for the last few years that he’s pitched has been a tendency to surrender the home run. In fact, since 2009, only Rich Harden has a higher HR/9 rate among qualified starting pitchers.
This is unlikely to end well for Baltimore even if Moyer continues to prove his dominance over the International League.
It also doesn’t help that Moyer is really old. Did I mention he’s old. Like Aztec temples old.
And the rest:
Red Dawn is upon us, friends. Jorge Soler could sign by tomorrow [Zach Links, MLB Trade Rumors]. The Yankees, Cubs, Braves, and Dodgers appear to be the heaviest players, but other teams could join the mix.
Chris Sale, despite the elbow-injury-scare earlier in the year that caused his White Sox to lose their collective minds and put him in the bullpen for a few days, has been rather excellent as of late. Last night, he threw eight shutout innings against the Astros, allowing four hits, walking zero and striking out seven [JJ Stankevitz, CSN Chicago]. Granted, the Astros are no Norfolk Tides, but Sale’s season ERA is down to a ridiculous 2.05 to go along with a surreal 4.22 K/BB ratio that trails only Colby Lewis and Dan Haren in the AL.
Yankees leftfielder Brett Gardner was removed from his rehab assignment with a possible re-aggravation of his elbow injury [Bryan Hoch, Bombers Beat]. This is the second time Gardner has experienced a setback in his rehab and may now be out until at least the All-Star break.
Today in Nobody Cares: Tony Gwynn owes the government $400,000 in back taxes [Brent Schrotenboer, U-T San Diego].
The Orioles are moving struggling starter Jake Arrieta to the bullpen [Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun]. It’s a good thing they have that old guy coming.
Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller GIFs the best pitches of the week and give them the ol’ rundown.
Meanwhile, his colleague Kevin Goldstein takes a look at what draft prospects are most suited to lead the class in each individual statistic.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey continues to be maybe the best story in baseball right now. Paul Swydan of FanGraphs investigates his consistent success.
Christina Kahrl, writing on ESPN’s SweetSpot network runs down career journeymen who are making their presence felt so far in 2012 at the Big League level.
Dan Lependorf of Hardball Times asks whether or not certain types of teams are more susceptible to no-hitters.