Not only did Jamie Moyer beat the Padres last night, becoming the oldest pitcher in baseball history to record a victory, the 49-year-old left-hander did so without cracking even 80 miles per hour on any pitch.
In allowing just two unearned runs over seven innings Moyer threw 87 pitches, 54 of them for strikes.
According to the pitch breakdown at Brooks Baseball he threw 21 four-seam fastballs that averaged 77.2 mph, 19 cutters at 76.2 mph, 25 changeups at 72.1 mph, eight sinkers at 78.6 mph, and four curveballs at 68.2 mph.
And his fastest pitch on a night when the Padres managed zero extra-base hits in 27 plate appearances versus a man twice their age–and at Coors Field, no less–was 79.0 miles per hour.
UPDATE: On a related note, how many people can throw harder than Moyer? (Hint: Not many.)
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.