Phillies’ pitcher Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to throw a complete game shutout on Friday at age 47 years, 170 days.
He allowed just two hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five in improving to 4-2. Look, I can’t recommend a pitcher as old as Moyer, but if you’re streaming starters there are worse options. He has a 4.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Nine other noteworthy performances from Friday:
Ike Davis — There were four players who hit two homers on Friday and we’ll open that line with the Mets recently promoted prospect. Davis hit a pair of solo homers and scored another run in a 2-for-3 day. He’s hitting .314. He has three homers in 51 ABs. He’s young, only 23, so we should be concerned about potential bumps in the road. But his K/BB (15/9) doesn’t concern me and his numbers seem to match his minor league performance so far.
Rod Barajas — The Mets got two-homer games from their seven and eight hitters on Friday. Barajas’ were his eighth and ninth on the season. Not sure where the unexpected power surge is coming from, but there are worse catching options in fantasy starting lineups at this point. He went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and his second, a two-run shot, was the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.
Scott Hairston — Hit a pair of solo homers and drove in another run in a 2-for-4 day.
John Buck — Completes our quartet of two-homer players with a pair of solo blasts. He drove in another run in a 2-for-5 day. Like Barajas, if you want to ride the streak and set him and forget him in your C slot for a few weeks I won’t argue.
Mat Latos — Scored on Hairston’s homer in the eighth inning. Latos threw eight shutout innings of two-hit ball. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter to improve to 2-3. He’s got a 4.19 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The Ks are a bit surprising. He had an 11+ K/9 in rookie level ball, but hasn’t been in double-figures since. He’ll turn 23 in December, so he could still see several major advancements.
C.J. Wilson — He scattered nine hits while allowing one earned run in a nine-inning complete game. He’s 3-1 and has thrown two complete games in six starts. This after spending his career as a reliever. We could be looking at a tired arm in a couple months, but he’s been impressive as a starter. He struck out four and walked two Friday and improved his ERA to 1.51 and his WHIP to 1.10.
Yadier Molina — For the record, this is the most catcherest Top 10 ever: Molina went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. He’s hitting .312.
Craig Stammen — Struck out eight and allowed four hits while walking none in 6.2 innings. The 26-year-old Nationals pitcher also allowed only one earned run in the no-decision, lowering his ERA to 5.62 and his WHIP to 1.31.
Jered Weaver — Improving to 4-1 this season, Weaver struck out seven and allowed five baserunners (three on walks) in 7.1 innings pitched. He didn’t allow a run, earned or otherwise, and improved his season ERA to 2.66 and his WHIP to 1.05.
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