Rockies-Pirates Preview

Jamie Moyer feels that someone will eventually break the major

league record he set last week as the oldest player to win a

game.

That’s possible, but the Colorado Rockies 49-year-old

left-hander can make that less likely each time he takes the

hill.

Moyer gets the ball Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, where the

Rockies try to open a delayed three-game series against a

light-hitting Pirates team that could use a rare solid home start

from Kevin Correia.

This pitching matchup is scheduled to stay the same following

Monday’s rainout, with a doubleheader now slated for Wednesday,

although more wet weather is expected Tuesday.

Nearly 26 years after earning his first major league victory,

Moyer (1-2, 2.55 ERA) earned No. 268 last Tuesday. In doing so, he

became the oldest player in major league history to win a game at

49 years, 151 days.

The previous record was held by Jack Quinn, who was 49 years, 70

days old when he won Sept. 13, 1932, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“The way athletes are going in today’s game, I think it could be

broken,” Moyer said after giving up two runs – both unearned –

over seven innings of a 5-3 victory over San Diego.

Yet that’s hard to imagine as he continues to baffle hitters in

his fourth decade in the majors. Moyer is the only Rockie to last

at least five innings in each start this season.

“His interest level wasn’t to come here and just win one game,”

manager Jim Tracy told the Rockies’ official website of Moyer, who

with his next win will pass Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time

list. “He’s interested in doing a lot more over the course of a

six-month season.”

Moyer has been far from spectacular in eight starts in

Pittsburgh, going 1-5 with a 6.92 ERA, but he’ll face a Pirates

team hitting a major league-worst .202 and scoring 2.0 runs per

game – also lowest in baseball.

Pittsburgh (6-9), though, has one of the best ERAs in the NL at

2.63.

Following Sunday’s 5-1 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates became the

first NL team since the 1965 Pirates to go the first 15 games

without scoring or giving up more than five runs.

Correia (1-0, 1.50), a career .120 hitter, will unlikely be able

to fix the team’s offensive woes, but he could give the Pirates a

chance to win with a quality performance in his 2012 home debut.

However, there weren’t many good moments at PNC Park for the

right-hander last season – his first with Pittsburgh – as he went

2-8 with a 7.83 ERA in 12 starts.

Correia, expected to take the mound after being scratched

Saturday due to pain in his side, improved to 11-3 with a 2.50 ERA

in 16 road starts for the Pirates after giving up one run in six

innings of a 4-1 victory over San Francisco on April 15.

“I hope it’ll be a little better this time at home,” Correia

told the Pirates’ official website.

Colorado has won five of seven in Pittsburgh after taking three

of four in its last visit April 7-10, 2011.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was just 3 for 13 in that

series, but he’s a .422 hitter in 17 games in Pittsburgh.

Tulowitzki is 5 for 23 (.217) off Correia.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 12 in the

Cardinals series, but he’s still batting a team-best .351. With

Pittsburgh ranking last in the majors with a .249 on-base

percentage, there have been few RBI opportunities for McCutchen,

who has driven in two after setting a career high with 89 in

2011.

McCutchen is 2 for 2 off Moyer.