Moyer's brief outing could be last for Phillies
LOS ANGELES -- As the sun dipped behind the San Gabriel Mountains beyond Dodger Stadium on Sunday evening, Jamie Moyer, wearing a puffy red jacket to turn away the chilly air, walked slowly toward the Phillies' bullpen and set his water bottle on the grass just short of the warning track. He then calmly walked through a two-door opening in right field and began to stretch and untangle his 45-year-old (soon-to-be 46) body for a night when he would become the oldest pitcher to ever start a League Championship Series game.
Soon, in the bullpen, catcher Carlos Ruiz crouched into position and began to catch Moyer's warm-up pitches. Each pitch settled into his glove in the appropriate spot and with amazing fluidity. The ball felt crisp in Ruiz's glove each time it thwacked into the webbing. Ruiz would throw the ball right back to Moyer, who would then make another perfect pitch. This type of warm-up was not indicative of a 45-year-old (soon-to-be 46) pitcher who had thrown 196 1/3 innings in this, his 22nd year in the major leagues.
Although he is a candidate to start a possible Game 7, Moyer might not start another game in this series. And perhaps, since he is a free agent after the season, he might not start another game for the Phillies. Game 4 starter Joe Blanton would be on regular rest for a possible Game 7.
I've pitched too many innings and pitched too many games to let one game make or break my career.
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