Brett Myers has emerged as the unlikely workhorse for the Philadelphia Phillies this season. They’ll need him to play stopper in the finale of a three-game interleague series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Myers, who ranks third in the NL and fourth in the majors with a 2.24 ERA, has gone at least seven innings in eight of his first 13 starts for Philadelphia. The right-hander, who went 11-11 with a career-worst 5.52 ERA last year, allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings in the Phillies’ come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Milwaukee last Friday.
Though he did not receive a decision, Myers once again displayed his ability to pitch effectively deep into the game. He struck out the side in the eighth after manager Charlie Manuel let him bat with two out in the seventh.
“I still felt strong,” Myers said. “It feels good to know your manager has that confidence in you.”
The Phillies had won six straight and 15 of 17 before dropping the first two games in Seattle, including Wednesday’s 5-1 setback. Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Winn and rookie Mike Morse homered for Seattle, which handed Philadelphia its first back-to-back losses since May 23-24.
The Mariners have outscored the Phillies 24-8 in taking the only five meetings between the teams, holding Philadelphia to a .185 average.
Bobby Abreu went 3-for-4 and drove in the lone run for the Phillies, who have been outscored 8-2 in the series.
The Mariners have won two straight after dropping four of their previous five games.