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Friday, November 28, 2008

Player Analysis: #39 Brett Myers SP

Overall Season Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .267/.330/.461 & .343
-vs. RHB: .293/.341/.494 & .363
-vs. LHB: .235/.317/.423 & .321

IP: 190
K: 163
BB: 65
WHIP: 1.379
BB/PA: .080
K/9 IP: 7.72

Overall Career Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .261/.327/.440 & .335
-vs. RHB: .270/.324/.461 & .343
-vs. LHB: .250/.331/.416 & .325

IP: 1113
K: 936
BB: 390
WHIP: 1.356
BB/PA: .082
K/9 IP: 7.57

Brett Myers started off 2008 as the Phillies "#1". Throughout his career here, Brett Myers had always been a rather consistently solid starter, who occasionally showed flashes of brilliance. In 2007, Myers was thrown into the bullpen and established himself as the closer. Following the 2007 season, Myers was transitioned into the starting role once again despite his desire to remain closer. The transition was not a smooth one as Myers allowed 66 runs through 101.7 innings amassing a 5.84 ERA through June. He then agreed to go down to the minors to work on his mechanics. After rejoining the team at the end of July, Myers allowed 11 ERs over his next 55 2/3 IP (1.78 ERA), and finished the season with an overall ERA of 4.55. While his first few months were almost entirely awful, 11 of his last 13 starts were exactly what the Phillies needed in order to make a playoff push.

Rich Dubee and Mitch Williams (among others) attributed Myers early struggles to his lack of confidence in his fastball. Throughout the beginning of the season, Myers fastball struggled to reach 90 MPH (formerly sat around 93 MPH as a starter), and his control was often suspect. With this combination, Myers relied on his curveball far too often, which allowed hitters to sit on the curveball. After his return, his confidence was again back, and he had gained a little back on his fastball, which made his curveball (arguably his best pitch) that much more effective once again. Strangely, with the curveball being his best pitch, Myers faired much better against lefties while consistently struggling against righties. Usually, a curveball is more effective agaisnt like handed hitters due to the fact that it breaks down and away (rather than in) from the hitter.

Aside from his insane 11 games in the middle of the season, Myers will most likely be remembered this year for his great postseason ABs. He drove CC Sabathia crazy, and extended the inning so that Shane Victorino could hit a grandslam that ended Sabathia's filthy "2nd half". Myers also had some great ABs in game 2 of the NLCS that lead to 3 RBIs.

While his postseason bat gave the Phils a huge boost, what the team needs from him in the near future is for him to retain his intense passion/ fire. When Myers is confident, he throws hard and hits his spots. He also can command his nasty curveball, and can compete with any lineup. To many people's surprise, Brett Myers is 28 years old. He still has quite a few years ahead of him where we can expect him to progress even further as a Phillies starter.

Next up: #50 Jamie Moyer SP

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