World Series Game Three Preview: The Old Man
Barring a rain-out tonight, the pitching matchups for Game Three of the World Series are as follows: Jamie Moyer (PHI, LHP, 2-0, 5.1 IP, 13.50 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (TB, RHP, 2-1, 19 IP, 3.32 ERA).
This entire World Series has been billed of one featuring young, athletic players who will be the future of the game in years to come. Whereas old stalwarts such as the Yankees and Braves always seemed to make the playoffs in years past, this year has been quite the opposite. However, Jamie Moyer couldn’t be more different from that promotion. Moyer is 45 years old and has been pitching in MLB since 1986, right around the birth date of many of his teammates on the Phillies. Much like Terry Mulholland (I only recollect that name because he played a little while for my Twins), Moyer is blessed with a rubber arm, and managed to win 16 games this season when most people wrote him off as washed up after a disappointing 2007 campaign.
As much as I would like to see Moyer tame the youngsters, I think he will be defeated tonight (or whenever the game is actually played). Moyer has given the game his all for many years, but I think the youthful exuberance of TB’s kids will be too much for him this time.