Jamie Moyer’s 2012 debut was less than stellar.
Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup.
Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked far too hittable at times and he was taken deep by both Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez.
The Rockies aren’t expecting the veteran southpaw to be anything more than an innings-eater this year, but it’s not a given that he’ll be able to meet those already-low expectations. Then again, it’s way too early to say anything definitive. How’s that for hard-hitting analysis?
Your Saturday box scores:
Rockies 3, Astros 7
Nationals 7, Cubs 4
Blue Jays 7, Indians 4 (12 innings)
Braves 2, Mets 4
Royals 6, Angels 3
Red Sox 0, Tigers 10
Cardinals 0, Brewers 6
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 5
Twins 2, Orioles 8
Rockies 3, Astros 7
Phillies 1, Pirates 2 (10 innings)
Marlins 8, Reds 3
Yankees 6, Rays 8
White Sox 4, Rangers 3
Mariners 8, Athletics 7
Dodgers 6, Padres 5 (11 innings)
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.