Through two starts, Jamie Moyer has hardly looked like the pitcher that won at least 20 games in two of the previous three seasons.
The crafty left-hander will try to put an end to his early season struggles, and help the struggling Seattle Mariners win their first home game of the season when they continue a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.
Moyer, who went 21-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 2003, is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA this season. The 41-year-old southpaw was pounded for six runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-5 opening day loss to Anaheim on April 6. He didn’t fare much better Sunday against Oakland, yielding four runs and eight hits over five innings before the Mariners rallied for a 9-4 victory—their first of the season.
“There is a lot of baseball to be played and so many veterans on this club that we are going to keep playing hard, no matter what,” Moyer said.
Moyer figures to have a good chance to rebound against the Rangers. He is 12-3 with a 4.98 ERA in 28 career appearances, including 26 starts, against Texas.
The Mariners dropped to 0-4 at home and 2-8 on the season, matching the worst start in franchise history, with Friday’s series-opening 5-0 setback.
However, the Rangers did get a bit of bad news Friday as they were forced to put first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list. He was replaced on the roster with promising prospect Adrian Gonzalez.
Teixeira has a strained muscle on his left side. He was hitting .280 with two home runs and seven RBIs through seven games of second major league season.