The adage that experience always wins out held true for at least one day. You can put away your age related jokes regarding Jamie Moyer for at least one more day. The spokesman for the AARP–ok, only one–mowed through a surprised D-backs lineup in the Rockies 6-1 win Wednesday night.
Moyer struck out 5 and allowed just 6 hits in 6.1 innings before giving way to a Rockies bullpen that was even less generous, allowing just one walk in the final 2.2 innings. Although it won’t console D-Backs fans right now, Moyer is one of the feel good stories of the season. He’s been mediocre for the Rockies overall–2-3 with a 4.20 ERA–but the fact that he is starting in a major league rotation is something of a minor miracle.
After Tommy John surgery in 2010, Moyer missed the entire 2011 season and worked as an analyst for ESPN. Most players would have retired 10 years earlier, but Moyer continued his comback attempt signing a minor league contract before spring with the Rockies and winning a rotation spot. Besides giving the Rockies an excellent start yesterday, he re-wrote MLB’s record books becoming the oldest player ever with an RBI–in April he became the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.
While the D-Backs Patrick Corbin could only hope for the longevity of Moyer, he wasn’t up to the task of matching him last night. The talented rookie continued his up-and-down trend by following up last week’s excellent start with one to forget last night. Corbin allowed all 6 Rockies runs over his 6 innings of work. No doubt, the poor start by Corbin will begin speculation that Trevor Bauer will once again be on the fast track to Arizona.