From the looks of things from the press box here at Bright House Networks Field, it appears as if Jamie Moyer is in 2001/2003, mid-season form. His command was of his patented “gnats’ butt from 100 yards” variety and his velocity… well, it was right where it always is.
Better yet, Moyer dropped in a stellar hook on a 1-2 pitch to catch the Reds’ Edwin Encarnacion looking to leadoff the second.
All told, Moyer allowed just one looping single with three whiffs in three innings in Wednesday afternoon’s Grapefruit League opener against the Reds. Additionally, he threw 31 pitches — 22 for strikes — as well as six first-pitch strikes to the 10 hitters he faced.
After watching his 22nd season debut the first thought is this:
Slow down old-timer… save some of that for September.
But then again, there’s an adage amongst old marathoners that states, “if you have it, there’s no sense in saving it.”
Anyway, here’s a story from today on Moyer and the Grapefruit League opener against the Reds in Clearwater. Here’s another on the team’s top prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who was robbed with his entire family in their home in Venezuela by two armed, unmasked men.