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Myers Impressive In Win Over Nationals

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, July 29, 2008 10:15 PM | Comments: 65
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Brett Myers pitched well in seven innings, giving up no runs on seven baserunners in a 2-1 Phillies win over the Nationals. Myers lowered his ERA to 5.46 in the process, and the Phils remained 0.5 games back of the Mets for first place in the National League East.

Myers threw only 88 pitches, an astounding 63 for strikes. He got ahead of hitters, used his curveball and slider to perfection and his fastball looked pretty good. Of course, the Nationals are a horrible offensive team in the middle of an epic slide (one run in their last 28 innings). Still, give Myers credit for throwing strikes, something he didn’t do at all against the Mets in his first start back from the minors. His next start at Saint Louis will be a more appropriate indicator, but this time out he was very effective, and there should be room for promise.

Chase Utley stroked his 27th home run of the season for the Phils only runs. They let up a run in the eighth, also thanks partly to Utley. He blundered a possible double play ball and put two on for the Nats with no outs. Upon Myers’ exit, JC Romero got the next two outs, letting a run score on a give-it-up grounder. Chad Durbin got the last out. Yet again the bullpen shuts the door — what would this team do without them, especially Durbin?

Brad Lidge — don’t forget him — shut the door for an easy 1-2-3 save, his 25th in as many chances, extending the franchise record.

If the pitching doesn’t go as well, we’re talking about the offense’s inability to score off rookie starter Collin Balester, who was asking to get punched around. Instead, it’s a win against a bad offense, and we’re talking about a big performance for a guy who needed it bad.

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  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    nicely done Brett, but it is the Nats…

     
  • Posts: 0 that guy

    Not really a major league lineup but that is still an improvement for Burt Myers

     
  • Posts: 0 Zach L

    why not give myers some credit? he bounced back from a mediocre outing against the mets to come out and throw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes and only give up one unearned run.

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    I’m not convinced he would’ve thrown 63/88 for strikes against a better offense and would’ve shut em out. Sunday night is the key start. But this was a very nice showing.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Myers deserves credit where it’s due,but yes it was against the Nationals.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Yes, Sunday is definitely the key start for Myers. It’s against a good Cardinals team and pressure will be magnified with it being a Sunday Night game on ESPN. I have a feeling tonight might just be an aberration due to the awfulness of the Nats, but maybe this will boost his confidence and he can come out strong against the Cards.

     
  • Posts: 0 CT

    correction… it was actually Utley’s 26th HR of the season

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Man, you guys are so fickle. He was straight up nasty tonight. His velocity was up. He topped off at 95 MPH I think? He was consistently throwing 93 mph. I know the Nats suck, but he was impressive. He was straight up filthy tonight. This is the Brett Myers I want to see. IF he pitches like that the rest of the season the NL East is a shoe in.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris C

    In a perfect world, Myers would be “the best pitcher available” that he was supposed to be this offseason. I don’t think that is going to happen, but unless the front office gets their act together, thats all we can hope for.

    I check this blog daily, but I have some travling to do for the next couple of days. So, next time I read the posts here, there better be something about a trade and a win streak. Anyting less, and I’m going to be worried.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    Would someone please drive over to Citizen’s Bank Park, grab the Phillies bats, the drive them down to DC by tomorrow night? Redding shells this team…we have to remember how to hit tomorrow.

    I would do it myself but I live in Delaware so it is a bit of a drive for me…

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    with one of their two deals, i think theyll get someone out of nowhere. i look at so many of the guys out there and i dont see the phillies getting a bat and a bullpen arm out of the mainstream guys. the bat has to be the off the radar surprise move.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I’d rather them get a pitcher because I’m still not happy with Blanton. I still bet you can trade Blanton.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    they do need minimum two additions. bullpen arm, everyday outfield bat.

    i dont even want to get into the starting pitching tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    The only guy worth getting is Halladay. Maybe they can get him in the offseason.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    you will get nothing for blanton, even less than you gave up for him. it would be embarrassing. you cant get a guy and trade him a week later, this isnt hte nba.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    yeah halladay would be nice, but i dont believe the eskin rumor. in that rumor, we have up happ plus the farm and they declined because fabio castro wasnt in the deal…whaaaaaaaaaaat????? that doesnt make any sense. sheets is gettable if they have any balls in the offseason.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Well I would not get excited about Myers start it was like he was back down pitiching in the minors. So you can’t count on him to do this next start. To bad he can’t pitch against the Nats every start. Well Blanton should be fine as your #4/5 starter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Myers would have been very effective against the best of them tonight. His fastball velocity was up, and it had TONS of movement. His curveball was filthy. He threw strikes and got ahead of hitters. I thought his stuff was awesome.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Thanks Phil I needed a good laugh tonight! “I thought his stuff was awesome”, Priceless!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Phillies Suck, you obviously didn’t watch the game considering you’re a Muts fan. How would you know if you didn’t watch it?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Phil, name me the Nations #3, 4, & 5 hitters in the lineup. You have 30 Seconds. Go.

     
  • Posts: 0 OZ

    Sorry to be half-empty, but this is not what we wanted.

    Now Happ doesn’t get a start, and instead, as a young guy gets his head messed up in the bullpen role. F**k! Myers will go belly-up against a legit offense. So, no, no credit here.

    Possible bright side, teams getting desparate throw an offer at the Phils for Myers in the next 48 hours. Stranger things…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Yea, ok. Get my point?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Wow, you’re timing me eventhough you don’t know how long it’s going to take me to read this. Zimmerman, Milldege? I don’t know the other guys name. Who cares though? He still pitched great. He woulda mowed down any offense. He mowed down the Reds earlier this year too. I can name their 3-4-5 guys though. Their 3-4-5 guys are good. Bruce-Phillips-Dunn in that game. I think now it’s Griffey-Phillips-Dunn

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Nations lineup:

    1) Harris
    2) Belliard
    3) Zimmerman
    4) Kearns
    5) Flores
    6) Milledge
    7) LoDuca
    8) Lopez
    9) Pitcher

    Phil, you are right after taking on these heavy hitters Myers would of beat anybody tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    That line up tonight reminds me of the yankees!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    See, what you aren’t realizing is that whether or not it was a shitty line up or not, he still looked really good. Did you watch him pitch, no? How would you know what his stuff looked like? His fastball was up 5 mph. He had confidence. He had that swagger he was looking for. Myers is a really good pitcher who lost his confidence and was having trouble with his mechanics. He’s a headcase, much like AJ Burnett. Is he a bad pitcher too?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    And the Phillies only won 2-1? Where was th offense? Did they show up or was J-Blows late again?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Why are you here anyway? Do you not have anything better to do? Are you banned on the Muts blog for being one of the dumbest Muts fans there is?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    No, J-Roll had 2 hits actually. The rest of the offense didn’t show up, but once again. Why do you care? A win is a win. How about all of those no runs the Muts don’t score to totally fuck over Johan Santana.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    OK, so he is throwing his fastball 80 mph now. His confidence must be HIGH after beating that lineup!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    He topped out at 95. Myers isn’t Jamie Moyer. Oh, but wait…Jamie Moyer at the age of 45 still shut down the Mets. Unfourtantely Romero didn’t.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Great! I’ll take the win, but the Phillies offense MUST open up on the Nationals. I hope Utley is out of his funk!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    I am not saying Myers is terrible, I am saying you can’t rate is progress against a miner league lineup. Wait to see what he can do his next start as long as it is not against the Nats again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Then say that. That’s fine. The point I’m trying to make is that Myers did pitch well tonight. I even think he didn’t pitch half bad agains the Mets last week. He had trouble establishing his fastball in the 1st inning, but he settled in. He only allowed up 2 hits against them. I think Myers is coming back to form.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    We have a pither thats a headcase his name is Perez. He can be lights out in big games as you know. But in a game that to him, doesn’t mean much he will walk the ball park and give up 10 runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Yeah, Myers is the Phillies version of Ollie.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    Myers was excellent tonight. This is what us Phillies fans have been waiting for. Let happ pitch in the bullpen for a little while. If Myers can be just as dominant on Sunday the rest of the year is looking real good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    The suprise for the Mets this year is Pelfrey and I finally think its about time they have prospects in their rotation. And that should show Gillick that thats the way to go with Happ. Because the key to both teams making the post season could be Hamells/Moyer/Happ and Santana/Perez/Pelfrey for the Mets!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Any word on when Maine is going to be back?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    I am worried about Maine he has a 9-6 but if you look at his last 7 starts it has not been great. So I do not know what is going to happen with him but the mets are lucky Pelfrey is pitching like the Maine of last year or else they would be in bad shape right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Maine will miss his next start.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    When will they decide if they didn’t already to put Happ in the rotation? Or, are they going to trade him to Boston for Manny? That would be a mistake for the Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I have no idea what’s going on with Happ. They’re saying he’s going to be a lefty in the bullpen right now. I don’t know what else to do with him. Our rotation is pretty all over the place right now. They should have never traded for Blanton knowing Happ has good stuff.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    PS, remember when you guys were thumping your chests after beating up on the Rockies and Giants? =D

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Happ should get a chance in the rotation and it should of came against the nationals. If he can pitch well and they can win maybe the offense would wake up a little more.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I am beginning to have a theory that the offense only hits when the pitchers are pitching like shit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    They need to be consistant in the offense and they need to get a guy like Casey Blake who can play 1B, 3B & OF who can hit for average and power in that line up and playing 3 positions give you more flexability to rest some of your starters.

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Well done Brett.

    The thing is… we have seen that he can be this good. Hopefully he can keep it up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Its too bad they did not go after Casey Blake when they could of thats the player that could help your offense. He plays 1B, 3B & OF. then you could rest some guys so hey don’t get tired.

    Blake -2008 stats- 335 AB 49 RUNS, 98 HITS, 11 HRS, 58 RBI’S,
    .368 OBP, .469 SLG, .293 AVG.

    He would of been perfect fit for the Phillies!

     
 
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