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.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.