(Mgr. Charlie Manuel visits the mound to see just what Myers has been putting on that ball)You wouldn’t think lack of aggression was a problem in a Carlos Zambrano/Brett Myers match-up. But as the Cubs arrive in Philadelphia today, the Inquirer’s Todd Zolecki found Myers talking shit, uh, literally, about the one thing he doesn’t do aggressively these days: pitch. Btw, has anyone told Myers a complete game against the Cubs now averages 15 rounds?
“I’m closing for nine innings tomorrow,” said Myers, who will start tonight against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park.
In other words, he’s going to let it all hang out. He hasn’t so far, which explains his 0-1 record and 6.30 ERA. Myers said he had nothing on the mound in the March 31 season opener against Washington, but he thought that his stuff improved Sunday in Cincinnati.
Manager Charlie Manuel thought otherwise, noting that Myers had thrown mostly off-speed pitches against the Reds.
“I’ve just been flipping crap up there,” Myers said. “It wasn’t working. I’ve got to put some type of aggression behind it.”
Why wasn’t he?
“I don’t know,” he said. “In spring training, I was doo-dooing stuff up there, and I was getting outs, so I figured I could take it into the season. Well, guess what? It doesn’t work, because when the lights go on, it’s a little different.”