What if I told you that a 49-year old pitcher was going to make the starting rotation for a Major League team? Is that a story you might be interested in? Well, if Spring Training means anything at all, the Colorado Rockies will use Jamie Moyer as their fifth starter in 2012.
Moyer – who signed a minor league deal with the Rockies prior to Spring Training – took on the White Sox today, in what would be his last start to prove he belongs in the rotation. Prior to today’s start, Moyer only allowed one run in nine innings, including seven strikeouts and zero walks.
Moyer was satisfactory in today’s game, allowing three runs over four innings of work. He did allow his first base-on-balls this spring – three in fact – and struck out four. So by combining his start today with his previous totals, Moyer has allowed four runs, with a K:BB ratio of 11:3. It’s simply remarkable that a 49-year old – who probably tops out at 81 MPH – is pitching this well.
The Rockies’ rotation is thin at best. They are without one of their best pitchers, Jorge de la Rosa, who is still recovering from Tomy John surgery. De La Rosa isn’t expected back until June, so the Rockies will have to make due without him. Their Opening Day starter is Jeremy Guthrie, who is the epitome of average. And after Guthrie, we will see Jhoulys Chacin and Drew Pomeranz in the first three spots of the rotation. Ergo, the Rockies need to pick two more from the bunch
Juan Nicasio should be a lock for the fourth spot. In 17 2/3 innings, Nicasio has a 3.06 ERA and has a 15:2 K:BB ratio. Outside of Nicasio, I don’t see a lot of challengers standing in Moyer’s way.
Tyler Chatwood – who was acquired in the Chris Iannetta deal – has stuck the joint up with 7.94 ERA. Their other toy in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, Alex White, has pitched alright, but has allowed six walks in 13 innings of work. Lastly, Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman have been mediocre at best this Spring.
Not only should Moyer make the rotation for nostalgic purposes alone, but he’s actually earned it.
Well done, Jamie. Well done.