The Diamondbacks were again dominated by a 46 year old pitcher who tops out in the low eighties. In 2009 Jamie Moyer has a 0.00 ERA, 2 wins in two games, and a total of 8 hits and 10 strike outs in the 12.2 innings he’s pitched against the Diamondbacks. This utter and complete domination is juxtaposed to his 5.22 ERA against the rest of the league. He pitched one game against the Diamondbacks in 2008, 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, and no walks. With his complete and utter domination of the Dbacks the past two years it was no surprise that Moyer was called upon in the fourth inning to relieve Pedro Martinez.
If not for a lead off homerun by Stephen Drew the Dbacks would have been shutout and managed only 3 hits. Not that 1 run and 4 hits are much better. This was the team’s third disappointing game in as many days, who also featured lackluster performances in their games against the Dodgers, Sunday, and Braves, Monday. The post game press conference again showed a subdued AJ Hinch reclining in his chair casually dismissing the team’s poor play.
Maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised though. Sunday’s loss against the Dodgers happened after they had won the first two games of the series. For the past two years the Diamondbacks have consistently mailed in the third game of a series after winning the first two. Monday’s game was a makeup game that took them across the country for a day game less than 24 hours after they finished their previous one. Last nights game was picked up after an hour rain delay, and traditionally the Dbacks lose almost every game after a rain delay. Or it could be the team is just wearing down, they’ve only had one day off since July 31.
What ever it is, they’ll need to get over it. Their remaining schedule doesn’t get any easier and includes multiple series against the Dodgers, Giants, and Rockies, all teams that will surely be making a post season push in the coming weeks.