One wonders how much longer the Rockies will stick with Jamie Moyer after the 49-year-old left-hander gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings Sunday in a 7-5 loss to the Reds.
It was the fifth time in his last six starts that Moyer failed to complete six innings. Aided by a weak schedule, he had a 2.28 ERA after four starts this season. However, he’s given up 28 runs in 30 innings since, taking his ERA up to 5.70.
For what it’s worth, Moyer is striking out 6.04 batters per nine innings this year, giving him his highest rate since 1998 and the third-highest of his career. He might yet be an adequate fifth starter, at least for a team in a more forgiving ballpark. There just isn’t much upside here, though, and the Rockies may soon want to give Drew Pomeranz another look. Things will get particularly crowded if both Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) and Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) can return in the second half of next month.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.