In defiance of age, odds, aches, pains, and lots of other things, Jamie Moyer has made the Rockies' rotation as the number-two starter and will make his season debut on April 7 in Houston, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
It's tempting to point out that installing a 49-year-old as your two-man is a sign of uncommon desperation. It's also tempting to point out that Moyer is coming off Tommy John surgery and, in his last healthy season, put up an ERA of 4.84. It's further tempting to point out that Coors Field seems hardly the ideal environment for a pitch-to-contact hurler with fly-ball tendencies (who, lest it be forgotten, is 49 years of age).
But never mind all that. Moyer will have, one assumes, multiple chances to become the oldest pitcher ever to notch a win. To that end, he's got a long-standing knack for inducing weak contact, which could serve him well on Planet Coors, and pre-injury he was flashing the best control of his career. Sure, maybe there's a bit of "marketing romanticism" involved in the decision to entrust such a role to Moyer, but a nation says: whatever.
Viva la Moyer.