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10/10/08 12:35 AM ET
Myers relaxed on eve of Game 2 start
Righty aiming to give Phillies 2-0 NLCS lead over Dodgers
By Kevin Horan / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- From the minute Brett Myers walked into Citizens Bank Park's interview room on Thursday afternoon, it was clear that the 28-year-old Phillies starter was up to something. The amused grin that the right-hander usually wears was in full force. Myers' eyes were gleaming as he strode to the podium.
"He's a very smart hitter," Myers said. "You have to kind of change your patterns each time. So he's a tough out." The road Myers has taken leading up Friday's start has been well chronicled. He was Philadelphia's Opening Day starter in 2008, but struggled through a 3-9 beginning. When the right-hander was sent down to the Minor Leagues in July, he had a 5.84 ERA and had surrendered a Major League-leading 24 home runs. But almost immediately upon his return to the Phillies three weeks later, a different pitcher emerged. Myers reeled off an 11-start stretch in which he went 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA. "He's 100 miles an hour," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "The kid's aggressive and he's going to give you everything he has. He just doesn't look like the thought of failure is in his mind. Body language-wise, that's what it looks like to me." Nowhere has that confidence been more apparent than Citizens Bank Park. On the road this season, Myers has been inconsistent -- his 16 starts away from home have yielded a 3-8 record and 6.21 ERA. With the Philadelphia crowd on his side, however, things have been different. Myers is 7-5 in 14 home starts with a 3.01 ERA. He thrives on the noise of 45,000-plus fans, and is expecting the crowd to do its part on Friday. "I want them to be as loud as they can possibly be," Myers said. "That's what us players thrive on -- our fans and how they respond to big plays, big pitches, big outs in key situations. It definitely makes us feel better and we push a little harder when they're behind us the way they are." When Myers' turn at the podium was finished, the grin returned to his face. He stood up, propped his bat on his right shoulder, and walked out of the room.
TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 2 STARTERS
|2008 REGULAR SEASON|
|Overall||30 GS, 10-13, 4.55 ERA, 65 BB, 163 K||32 GS, 16-10, 3.14 ERA, 80 BB, 201 K|
|Division Series||1 GS, 1-0, 2.57||1 GS, 1-0, 1.35|
|Regular season||222 G, 173 GS, 69-60, 4.37 ERA, 21 SV||96 G, 68 GS, 35-19, 3.33 ERA|
|Postseason||3 G, 1 GS, 1-1, 2.16 ERA||3 G, 1 GS, 1-1, 1.04 ERA|
|AT CITIZENS BANK PARK|
|2008||14 GS, 7-5, 3.01 ERA||1 GS, 0-1, 4.50 ERA|
|Career||86 G, 62 GS, 27-24, 4.05 ERA, 10 SV||2 GS, 1-1, 2.77 ERA|
|AGAINST THIS OPPONENT|
|2008 regular season||2 GS, 1-1, 1.93 ERA||1 GS, 0-1, 4.50 ERA|
|Career||11 GS, 4-2, 2.61 ERA||3 GS, 1-1, 4.00 ERA|
|Loves to face||Manny Ramirez, 3-for-19||Greg Dobbs, 0-for-3|
|Hates to face||Matt Kemp, 4-for-10, 3 XBH||Pedro Feliz, 4-for-12, 2 XBH|
|Why he'll win||3.78 ERA on extra rest this year, vs. 5.61 on regular rest; pitching on seven days' rest Friday||Including NLDS start, has 2.76 ERA since All-Star break|
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.