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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08
--LHP Jamie Moyer has been through everything during his 23-year major league career. And after nights like Thursday, when everything goes wrong, he seeks comfort by falling back on the same ritual. He watches video from June 10, 2002. On that Monday night, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Moyer threw a five-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn't issue a walk, and of his 123 pitches, 80 were strikes. So, after yielding three home runs in the New York Mets' new cavernous ballpark, allowing seven runs and lasting only 2 1/3 innings in a 7-5 loss Thursday night, there was only one thing left for Moyer to do.

"I'm just watching (the video)," he said. "I'm watching myself, my body movements, the way the ball approaches the plate. To me, you reiterate the positive. To look back and sit and watch a poor game or a bad outing, I don't believe in it. I already lived it once, and I know why -- because I made bad pitches up in the zone and out over the plate. I don't care who you're playing and where you're playing, you're going to get beat."

Moyer got torched by the Mets, who swept the two-game series from the Phillies at Citi Field. It was his shortest start in nearly four years, since a 2 1/3-inning outing May 11, 2005, and statistically, his worst since he served up seven runs in two innings July 30, 1993. Through six starts, he has a 7.26 ERA. Phillies starters have a combined 6.26 ERA, worst in the majors.

--CF Shane Victorino found himself in the middle of a controversial call in the eighth inning Thursday night. After extending his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a bad-hop single to third base, he got caught in a rundown between first and second. Victorino appeared to obstruct Mets SS Jose Reyes, but first base umpire Bill Welke called interference on the shortstop, prompting Mets manager Jerry Manuel to argue and get ejected.

"Victorino kind of bumped into him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Whenever that happens, they usually call the interference. Whenever you talk about baserunning, that's kind of what you talk about. Whenever you get close to (the infielder), if you accidentally run into him, they'll call interference."

--RHP Brett Myers was 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA through six starts last season. By July, things had gotten so bad that he wound up in the minor leagues. In six starts this season, Myers is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA. But pitching coach Rich Dubee said Wednesday that he isn't as worried about Myers as he was a year ago. "He's just making too many mistakes," Dubee said.

Myers has allowed a majors-leading 10 home runs in 37 innings. Based on the radar-gun reading Tuesday at Busch Stadium, Manuel said Myers' fastball was topping out at about 88 mph. Myers countered by saying the gun reading was inaccurate. Dubee agreed. But Myers also hasn't been throwing with his usual fastball velocity.

"If he's not throwing 93, he has to be better with his location," Dubee said. "He's making mistakes in the middle of the plate, and they've been getting hit."

--RHP Joe Blanton made a slight mechanical adjustment last week that he said sharpened his slider. It showed. Blanton allowed one run on four hits in six innings to give the Phillies a rare quality start Monday night against the Cardinals.

"I felt everything coming together a little bit," Blanton said. Entering Monday night, the Phillies' starters had combined for a worst-in-the-majors 6.71 ERA. "We know we can pitch," Blanton said. "We know what we did at the end of last season, and we know we can do that again. It's just a matter of us putting a few good runs together. We're not going to go through the season with 7.00 or 9.00 or 12.00 ERAs."

BY THE NUMBERS: 6.71 -- ERA of the Phillies' starting pitchers through Sunday, worst in the majors and nearly a full run worse than the next-worst team (Cleveland, 5.82).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's kind of our forte. We get in their bullpen, work the starter. We've got a lot of guys that play good under pressure. This whole team is kind of built that way. So, this fits into our gameplan." -- RF Jayson Werth, after the Phillies' latest comeback victory, a 10-inning, 6-5 win over the Mets last Sunday.

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