Manuel puts Myers in Pen

April 19, 2007 at 8:45 am 4 comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been a quick trip from staff ace to the bullpen for Brett Myers.

In a surprising decision that manager Charlie Manuel hopes will bolster his relief corps, the Philadelphia Phillies moved Myers from the rotation to a setup role in the bullpen Wednesday and put Jon Lieber in the rotation.

Myers, 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in three starts this season, will mostly be used in the seventh or eighth innings. The right-hander also could see work as a closer when Tom Gordon isn’t available, Manuel said.

“Myers gives us a bigger arm at the back end of our bullpen,” Manuel said.

Myers led the Phillies in wins (12), ERA (3.91), starts (31) innings (198) and strikeouts (189) in 2006, then signed a $25.75 million, three-year contract during the offseason

Lieber expressed disappointment when, late in spring training, the Phillies said he’d begin the season as a reliever instead of a starter. He’s allowed three runs in 2 1-3 innings this season out of the bullpen.

This is a serious move, not just desperation, of panic by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Brett Myers is the Phillies stud ace. He, as the article above reads, led the Phillies in wins, ERA, strikeouts, starts, and innings pitched. He also signed a 3 year contract for $25.75M in the offseason, not to be a middle reliever (he pitched 1 inning last night and gave up 2 hits while striking out 1), but to be the ace of this staff. Myers has not faired well so far as a starter (9.39 ERA) but he has struck out 19 in 15.1 innings pitched. He pitched much better than his ERA suggested and should still be in the starting rotation.

The Phillies sit at the bottom of the National League and have the worst record in the majors (3-10), even lower than the Washington Nationals. Charlie Manuel blew up on a radio host and challenged him to a fight, and is about to blow it as the manager of the Phillies.

The Phillies have dynamic offesnse that hasn’t shown us anything yet, Pat Burrell is hitting .341 while Howard is at .213 and Utley at .222. Ryan Howard also left the game last night in the 10th with left knee injury but it’s said to be nothing serious.

The Phillies are struggling and Charlie Manuel is feeling the pressure all around. Things better turn around soon or he and the Phillies will be in serious trouble.

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Mark Buehrle threw the season’s first no-hitter. He did it without throwing a single pitch over 90 and faced the minimum 27 hitters with only 26 official at-bats (he walked Sammy Sosa and quickly picked him off). Incredible feat, this should help his resume seeing as how he is in a walk year.

Rich Harden and Felix Hernandez are both battling injuries and Howie Kendrick just landed on the DL and is going to be out 4-6 weeks. Sad news for those of us (me included) who drafted him in fantasy leagues.

Alex Rodriguez continued his tear last night, belting his 9th homer of the year and raising his RBI total to 23.

Carlos Zambrano has not pitched well in his walk year. He is 1-2 so far and has an ERA of 7.77 with a 1.86 WHIP, opponents are hitting .357 off of him when they put the ball in play, and he has walked 16 batters in 22 innings. Not the way you want to pitch when you are in a walk year.

-On the other side of the green Matt Cain is nearly unhittable. He has only allowed 8 hits in 20 innings while striking out 17. Sadly though he is 0-1 with an ERA of 1.80.

-Brewers starter Claudio Vargas has 22 strikeouts against only 2 walks in only 13 innings!

-Since when did Orlando Hudson become a stud #3 hitter? He is hitting .387 with 2 homers, 9/9 BB/SO ratio, with 13 runs and 12 RBI. Who woulda thunk it!

Josh Hamilton is tied for 3rd in the NL in homers with 4 in only 26 at-bats. Not bad for a guy who has missed over 3 years. What a story he has been!

-Speaking of people having bad seasons in walk years, Andruw Jones is hitting .180 with 16 stikeouts in 14 games. Mike Cameron is hitting .155 with one extra base hit (a double) and 15 strikeouts in 14 games. Jermaine Dye has 3 homers but no other XBH and is hitting only .214 with 12 strikeouts in 12 games.

-If you haven’t noticed yet, Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler is tearing the cover off the ball. He has 7 homers and is hitting .333 (including 12-28 after starting out 2-14). He has also knocked in 13 and scored 12.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BaseballWhammy  |  April 19, 2007 at 10:43 am

    It’s been a weird start to the season thus far, with studs with slow starts, and unknowns rolling. I’m more than disappointed with Big Z. He’s been horrible. He’s not pitching like he’s worth 12 million this year, and probably 17 million for the next 5 years. If anything the sale of the Cubs might be saving them money when Z continues to walk batters and have have that 1 bad pitch per inning giving 5 and 6 runs a game.

    Man, my fantasy teams are either doing awesome or doing horrible. There is no middle ground for me at all thus far. It’s horrible news for the M’s losing King Felix. He’s all they go in their rotation. They’re easily the worst team in the AL…. maybe the O’s are that close too.

    You can really weigh the Brett “Wife Beater” Myers move both ways. The Phillies pen is HORRID. With them having the six starters, and Myers being the best overall, but vastly struggling, why not let him get a little pen work. Small steps to regain that confidence. But he put a real hurt on my Fantasy teams. I’ve dropped him already.

    It looks like I have plenty of nominations for my Tool of the Week this week though 🙂

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 19, 2007 at 10:55 am

    good call on Myers. If this is a move to allow him to rebuild his confidence then I think it’s a good move. Buy if it’s just to get some middle relief then their money is being wasted.

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  • 3. BaseballWhammy  |  April 19, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    yeah Top notch middle relievers/setup guys earn at most 5 million a year. I think Scott Eyre and Bob Howry of the Cubs are the highest paid non closer relievers. They each make the aforementioned dollar amount.

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  • 4. kevin  |  April 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    wow this site looks so good im jealous

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