Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer has been outstanding in helping the Phillies avoid any real lengthy losing streak this season. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been nearly as successful in extending a winning streak.
Moyer takes the mound on Wednesday as Philadelphia continues a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.
This will be just the sixth time in 16 starts this season that Moyer will be following a win by the Phillies after they posted an 11-4 victory Tuesday. In the 10 times Moyer (7-5, 4.13 ERA) has started following a loss, the team is 9-1 and he is 7-1 with a 2.83 ERA in those outings.
“You can’t take any game or situation lightly,” Moyer told Philadelphia’s official Web site. “That’s the way I was brought up in the game.”
The 44-year-old left-hander allowed seven hits in six innings of a 6-0 win over St. Louis on Friday, which followed Philadelphia’s 10-6 loss to Cleveland two days earlier.
“I like Jamie out there a lot, as much as we can get him out there,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “I don’t particularly want to lose and have him win the next game.”
Moyer is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance against the Reds (29-48). This is his first time facing them since 1991, when he was with the Cardinals.
The Phillies (40-36), who are just 1-4 with Moyer on the mound following a victory, won for the third time in four games Tuesday.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz had three of Philadelphia’s 16 hits while driving in four runs, and Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley each homered to move the Phillies a season-best four games over .500 for the third time in two weeks.
Ruiz also stole home as part of a double steal in the second inning when he beat the throw home after Cincinnati first threw to second base trying to get Michael Bourn.
Manuel said third-base coach Steve Smith told Ruiz to make sure the throw went through before he ran.
“Smitty looked up and said, ‘No, no, no.’ But he made it,” Manuel said.
Cincinnati, which has the fewest wins in the majors, originally planned to start Matt Belisle on Wednesday, but the move allows Harang to start on his usual rest.
“He’s our best pitcher,” manager Jerry Narron explained to the Reds’ official Web site on why he made the change.
The change also allows the right-hander to have two more starts before the All-Star game, which Narron believes Harang should be a part of. Harang is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last six starts, and he allowed one unearned run and two hits in eight innings of a 16-1 win over Seattle on Friday.
“None of us here really have any control over who’s picked, but he is definitely deserving,” Narron said.
Harang is 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance against the Phillies.