Philadelphia starter Jamie Moyer’s 1986 major league debut came just one year after his next mound opponent was born.
Moyer will square off against young Detroit phenom Andrew Miller on Saturday night when the Phillies and Tigers continue their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Miller (2-0, 3.18 ERA) is making his third career start after being taken sixth overall in the 2006 draft. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings of Sunday’s 15-7 win over the New York Mets and 41-year-old lefty Tom Glavine.
“It’s like a movie script,” said Miller, who also won in a spot start against St. Louis on May 18. “You wouldn’t believe it if somebody told you, but I’m here and I think it’s real. You couldn’t dream it up better than this.”
Miller, who is making his first start against the Phillies, has impressed manager Jim Leyland.
“Like I used to say about Doc Gooden, it’s pretty easy to be poised when you’ve got that kind of talent,” Leyland said.
Moyer (5-5, 4.55), on the other hand, is making his 532nd career start - and looking for his 222nd win.
“He’s fun to watch,” Miller told the Tigers’ official team Web site of Moyer. “He’s left-handed, throws all his pitches in any count, throws strikes with everything. There’s things you can learn from guys like that.”
However, Moyer looked shaky in his start, giving up six runs in 3 2-3 innings of Sunday’s 17-5 loss in Kansas City. It was the second time in his past five starts the 44-year-old lefty has failed to reach the fifth inning, with both of those outings coming against American League teams.
“I didn’t throw the ball well at all. I stunk,” Moyer told the Phillies’ team site. “I made a lot of mistakes in the middle of the plate, got behind hitters, walked too many people. I didn’t help the cause at all.”
Moyer is 10-7 with a 3.08 ERA in 27 career appearances, including 20 starts, against Detroit.
Both pitchers will have their hands full against a pair of offenses that have been hot lately. The Tigers (38-28) pounded the Phillies (35-32) 12-8 in Friday’s series opener, scoring in double figures for the fourth time in nine games.
“They got a real good offense with contact hitters,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel told the Phillies’ team Web site. “A lot of their guys put the ball in play. They got a good balanced lineup.”
The Phillies, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, have scored 23 runs over their last three games. Jimmy Rollins hit a pair of solo homers and Ryan Howard, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino also connected for Philadelphia on Friday.
Of Howard’s last 22 hits, 11 have been homers. The Phillies lead the National League with 342 runs.