Phillies “ace”, and I use that term loosely, Brett Myers is back from a three week stint in the minors and is already talking about the Mets. He’s likely to start Wednesday against John Maine. Myers told reporters as reported by Philly.com:
“I can’t think of a better team for me to come back against,” he said yesterday.
“I don’t like ’em,” he said. “We’re not supposed to like them. Nothing against the guys on the team – they’re our rivals. We like beating them; they like beating us.”
This season Myers is 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts. Between the lack of skill that he and Adam Eaton have shown this year, it caused Phils GM Pat Gillick to trade three prospects for Oakland A’s Joe Blanton last week.
Bring it on Brett!
While the Mets were busy ripping the ball all over Busch Stadium last night, I was looking toward the Mets next series in Philly. I wanted to find out what’s going on with Brett Myers from someone that watches the Phillies every day. I turned to phanatic74 from U.B.L. for the answers. This is what he had to say about the Myers situation and where the Phillies rotation will go from here:
I think that Myers being moved to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs was the best move for him and the team. I have no doubt that he will return to Philly some time in the 2nd half of the season. Brett still has good stuff, he just forgot how to use it. They discussed putting him in the bullpen, but he would not get enough playing time to work out his issues. The Phillies will need to call on him again, but I am not sure as in what type of a capacity whether the bullpen or starting rotation. He is a good option to keep open in case of someone going on the DL. Jamie Moyer is not prepared to go down to a 4 man rotation at his age. My feelings are that they are going to bring up J.A. Happ from "AAA" in Lehigh Valley. If he falls apart like last year’s trial then they will go to Carlos Carrasco from the Reading "AA" ball club. Of course both of these pitchers are temporary until they can acquire someone from outside of the organization. The Phillies are very lean on quality pitchers in their farm system. Myers length of service with the Iron Pigs depends on how cooperative he will be with the recovery. However, he has received comments on ways to improve his pitching such as getting the ball out of his mitt sooner prior to the delivery. He also needs keep more of his foot on the rubber. There is no definitive time for Myers, but he will pitch again in the city of brotherly love.
It sounds like the Phillies might need to look outside of the organization as the trade deadline nears to shore up their rotation. There are a couple of ex-Phillies that are available now in Freddy Garcia and Vicente Padilla. Maybe they’ll go that route since both are known quantities in Philly. Garcia is supposed to be ready to pitch again, after recovering from shoulder surgery, in August. He’s a free agent so it wouldn’t cost any prospects to obtain his services for the rest of the season.
Thanks to phanatic74 from U.B.L. for the analysis!
Myers is 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts this season. Myers was optioned so he didn’t have to go through waivers, which he would never make it through. He didn’t have to accept the move having five years of MLB service time. Myers will try to get himself right with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Myers made 31 or more starts from 2003-2006. Then last season the Phillies switched him to the bullpen where he appeared in 51 games (3 of which were starts). He had 21 saves last season. He hasn’t been able to make the switch back to the rotation successfully this season.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Mets won’t get to tee off on Myers this weekend like the rest of the league has this season.