Last season was arguably the worst of Moyer’s career. The 42-year-old allowed 44 homers—the most in the majors—and went 7-13 with a 5.21 ERA.
The southpaw has been better through his first three starts of 2005 and has yet to surrender a homer. It’s a far cry from last April, which he went 1-2 with a 5.10 ERA in five starts.
Moyer won his last start at Kansas City last Thursday by allowing a pair of runs and scattering nine hits over seven innings in a 10-2 victory.
“I felt pretty good on the mound,” Moyer said. “It was just a matter of locating some pretty good pitches.”
Moyer is 7-4 with a 6.33 ERA at Angel Stadium in 17 career appearances, including 15 starts. He won his lone road start against the Angels last season, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings.
The Angels’ recalled highly-touted third baseman Dallas McPherson from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. McPherson, who went 0-for-4 in his season debut, was slowed by back spasms in spring training.
“My back’s 100 percent healthy and everything’s looking good right now,” McPherson said. “It feels great to be back up here, but there’s no guarantee I’m going to stay in the lineup no matter how things go, because you’ve got to produce. Hopefully, I can have good at-bats, be patient and not get myself out.”