Thursday, July 24, 2008

Phils mired in Myers

There was no miracle for the Phillies last night.

There was only Brett Myers. And we’ve seen this act before.

Myers was less than scintillating in his return from a stint in the minor leagues in an attempt to put his game back together.

It did not take Myers long to take the glow off the Phils’ miracle win Tuesday night, when they scored six runs in the ninth to bet their New York rivals.

Myers went to the mound looking to find the swagger that once made him a dominating starter. He’s still looking. He apparently hasn’t found his control either.

Myers walked the first four batters he faced, giving the Mets a 2-0 head start. On the night he only gave up three hits.

He lasted just five innings, surrendering five walks in total and also hitting one batter. He left with the game tied, 3-3, so he didn’t factor in the decision. At least that’s what the boxscore says.

Fans know differently. They were looking for a sign that Myers was back. What they got instead was an ominous sign that this season, once so full of promise, is now full of questions. Myers may be the biggest riddle of them all.

How long do the Phils keep sending him out to the mound in hopes he finds his game?

Today they will send crafty veteran Jamie Moyer to the hill in the series finale. Maybe Myers should take notes.

They are once again dead even with the Mets. The winner of today’s 12:10 start will exit the series with a one-game lead.

Phillies’ management will leave New York with much the same question they had going in. What happened to Brett Myers?

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