Moyer seeks another victory vs. Marlins

Moyer seeks another victory vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- The Phillies made a couple notable moves to their rotation last week.

They moved right-hander Chan Ho Park from the rotation to the bullpen, and replaced him with left-hander J.A. Happ. But they also pushed back left-hander Jamie Moyer, so he would skip the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium and faced the Marlins on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

You might have heard that Moyer has had some success against the Marlins.

Moyer is 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA (26 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings) in 13 career starts against the Marlins.

He is 5-1 with a 4.42 ERA in six starts against them at Citizens Bank Bank.

So why the success against the Marlins?

"Sometimes matchups are good for certain pitchers," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said.

Dubee paused.

"I have my theories why Moyer is good against them, but I'm not going to tell you," he said.

And why should he? The Phillies are hoping Moyer carries that magic into Monday night after he threw the ball well Wednesday against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phils are 8-12 this season.

Pitching matchup
PHI: LHP Jamie Moyer (3-4, 7.62 ERA)
The Phillies hope Moyer took a step in the right direction Wednesday against the Reds. Following one of the worst three-start stretches of his career, he allowed three runs in six innings in a loss to the Reds. That might not seem like much, but it was just Moyer's second quality start out of eight starts this season.

FLA: RHP Chris Volstad (3-3, 3.64 ERA)
Volstad did not pitch as well as he would have liked in his last outing, but he still picked up his first win since April 14. The right-hander allowed the D-backs to score four runs on five hits over six innings. Volstad gave up a home run for the third consecutive start, when Chris Snyder took him deep in the fifth. It was the fourth homer allowed by Volstad in his last three starts. There was one glaring positive in the 22-year-old's stat line: a career-high nine strikeouts.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sunday that outfielder John Mayberry Jr. would remain with the team. "He's going to stay here a while," he said. "He will be here for a while. How long? It's kind of up to big John." The Phillies recalled Mayberry on Saturday from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and he hit a three-run homer in his big league debut that afternoon. ... The Phils begin a six-game homestand Monday against the Marlins. They have a day off Thursday, but resume action Friday for a weekend series against the Nationals. ... Philadelphia had two rookies pick up wins in their just-completed 10-game homestand through Washington, Cincinnati and New York: Andrew Carpenter and Sergio Escalona. And J.A. Happ, who still technically is a rookie, allowed two runs in six innings Saturday. ... The Phils are 10-4 this season against left-handed starters.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 2-3, 7.11) vs. Marlins (Andrew Miller, 1-1, 4.94), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Phillies (Brett Myers, 4-2, 4.34) vs. Marlins (TBD), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.