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Massive Understatement: Jamie Moyer Didn’t Pitch Well Friday

I do love baseball statistics, but their sheer depth sometimes frazzles my nerves. Even though it’s baseball related, looking at something like this makes me slightly nervous/nauseous. Like a fat man in a gym, I just stare and wonder, “What am I supposed to do with this? I don’t know where to start.”

But no matter what metric you use, Jamie Moyer did not have a good go of it in Fenway Park on Friday night. Stevie Wonder could see that.

Now, I know it’s not new to many at all, but I just recently discovered how to use the game score metric. If a starting pitcher finishes with a game score around 50, it’s not good. Anything less than 40 is horrendously bad. Moyer’s game score from Friday was minus-1.

Ouch, babe.

But this performance isn’t even that close to registering among the worst game scores through the past 20 years. And while people are declaring this the worst outing of Moyer’s career, that’s not exactly correct. It was the most runs he’s allowed in one inning pitched, but if you take a look at that last link, you’ll find a Moyer outing from 2000 that made Friday outing looking like a near quality start.

Look at some of the names on there. Wells, Greinke, Gallardo, Lackey, Halladay. Sometimes, you just don’t have it.

On Friday, it would have been one thing if Moyer had given up nine hits in five or six innings. He gave up nine hits to just 13 batters faced.

It would have been one thing if he had allowed nine runs in three or four innings. He allowed nine in one inning-plus.

It would have been one thing if the majority of those hits were singles. But the Red Sox instead rocked Moyer for six doubles and a home run. And they weren’t cheap in any way. In the second inning, Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and David Ortiz followed each other to the plate and each put a new dent into the Green Monster. When it was all done, Moyer’s ERA had shot up from 3.98 to 5.03. It was a pretty short life and quick death for Moyer’s first sub-4.00 ERA since September 2008.

With all of these extra-base hits, how about that opponent’s slugging percentage? For Moyer, it was a cool 1.50o.

OPS? 2.269.

Those numbers seem impossible when you face 13 batters, but that’s what happens when you throw 74-MPH changeups waist-high. Even 36-year-old bench-warmers will take you deep.

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