On Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park, a 33 year old Roy Halladay schooled the Toronto Blue Jays. Two days later, a man 14 years his senior accomplished the very same thing.
Albeit, Jamie Moyer didn’t quite stifle the Blue Jays bats as well as Halladay did, but he kept them quiet enough to pull out the win and well-needed series victory for the struggling of late Philadelphia Phillies.
I’m not quite sure what exactly has contributed to the downfall of Brett Cecil: that makes three starts in a row in which he’s surrendered five or more earned runs.
It’s a little disheartening, yet I don’t think it’s something to be extremely concerned about. Cecil was absolutely on fire during his personal five-game win streak, and now he has cooled off considerably.
Although he didn’t give up any home runs against the Phillies on Sunday, Brett Cecil had been touched up in both previous starts. It sounds like he’s been having some trouble keeping pitches down in the zone, and opposing hitters are making him pay for it.
Cito does the Lineup Shuffle
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that Cito Gaston penciled in John McDonald as the leadoff hitter for Sunday’s game. One can understand the manager’s rationale for using McDonald against Jamie Moyer as he was a .375 lifetime hitter, but there are other times where I think Cito is just drafting up lineup cards at random.
It’s funny because he’s so adamant on keeping things consistent for his players, and yet just a few days after moving Aaron Hill and Adam Lind out of the two and three spots in the lineup, he’s changing things up more than he has all season.
Don’t you think it seems like a bit of an odd move when you take one of the traditionally worst hitters on your team who predominantly hits in the nine slot, and make him your lead off hitter? Not only that, but you put him in LEFT FIELD?
If Cito Gaston is hoping to shake things up by making these off the wall decisions, it’s not working. To me, it just reeks of desperation and it feels like he’s grasping at straws and coming up with nothing.