Jamie Moyer feels that someone will eventually break the major
league record he set last week as the oldest player to win a
That’s possible, but the Colorado Rockies 49-year-old
left-hander can make that less likely each time he takes the
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
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
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
McCutchen is 2 for 2 off Moyer.