Colorado Rockies Starter Jamie Moyer, the 49 year old left hander who earned the title of “Oldest Pitcher to win an Major League Baseball Game” this season reminded us that sometimes it isn’t about age, but pure raw talent. Now it is time for him to face his own mortality as it is becoming obvious that it doesn’t make any sense for the Rockies to keep him in the rotation this season.
The Denver Post is reporting that management is not drawing conclusions based on the Rockies performance this season. The team has only 17 wins as compared to 29 losses. The Post is reporting that the team is officially going to have to recognize that they are not going anywhere this season and start building towards next season, a season which will be absent Jamie Moyer.
Rockies Manager Jim Tracy was asked if he is considering removing Moyer from the lineup, he said,
“We have to assess where we are. At some point, when you are scoring five, six, seven runs, it has to be enough. It’s that simple.”
The Post went on to note that Moyer is doing just fine and looks like any number 5 starter on a good team does. The issue is that the Rockies are so far removed from being a good team that they aren’t even in the same ballpark. This means it is time for some of the Rockies farm talent needs to be promoted to determine who has the skills to start for them next year.
Moyer said of an awful road trip he has had,
“We have to pitch better. It’s about figuring it out and getting deeper into games. You look at any team that wins, their rotation is consistent.”
Moyer said he returned to the game this season, after missing last season due to elbow surgery because he loves the competition. He said publicly he never wanted to be a novelty.