Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to Win
Moyer picked up his 1st win of '12 at Coors Field.
Moyer picked up his 1st win of '12 at Coors Field.
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Posted Apr 18, 2012


After an 0-2 start to the season, it finally happened for Jamie Moyer, who stymied the Padres for seven innings Tuesday night. Moyer pitched around a pair of errors, both committed by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (one throwing, one fielding), and held the Padres without an earned run. 

After closer Rafael Betancourt got the final out in the ninth, Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to record a win at the MLB level. At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days.

So far this season Moyer has made three starts facing the Giants, Astros, and Padres (three terrible offenses). He's totaled 17.2 innings while allowing 19 hits, 4 walks, 5 earned runs, and 6 strikeouts. That's good for a 2.55 ERA, a 4.55 FIP, and a 4.81 xFIP.

Now, of course this is a very small sample, but there are still some things we can see here that are alarming. For one, the 3.0 K/9 is the lowest of Moyer's storied career and he struck out just one Padres hitter last night. He's not missing very many bats this year and when we last saw him in 2010 he was at 5.0 K/9. If he can't get back to that level at the very least, it will be very difficult for Moyer to pitch at Coors Field and have any kind of continued success. 

Regardless of how he's currently getting it done, all that matters the day after Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to record a win is that he did exactly that. It's been a long journey for Moyer coming back from Tommy John Surgery, not pitching since 2010, and coming into camp as a non-roster player. He has overcome all of that to get back to this level and succeed.

Now, staying up here and continuing this success is the next hurdle for Moyer. 



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