“I think he’s close,” Dubee said. “I think three good innings might do it. That’s how fast he could get out of this. This game is built on momentum.”
Myers’ momentum currently is going the wrong direction. He has five losses and two no-decisions in his past seven starts, including a 4-3 decision to the Astros on Saturday for his fourth straight loss.
“Just like last night, he was a pitch away from getting out of the first inning,” Dubee said of a two-run inning against the Astros. “When you’re not in a good flow of things, that’s what happens. When things are going well, you just relax and let it flow.”
Myers leads the National League in runs allowed, with 46. He’s also tied with the Astros’ Roy Oswalt for the Major League lead in home runs allowed with 15 and is second to Oswalt in hits allowed in the NL with 82.
Dubee thinks a lot of the problem is confidence.
“I thought his confidence was gaining,” Dubee said. “But then [against Houston], I thought it started going back again. He fights himself a lot.”
Myers hasn’t won since April 17, against the Astros in Philadelphia.
“He’s just not real sure of himself right now,” Dubee said. “He needs to know he can do it. He’s done it before. He won 13 games in ’05, so he can do it.” (H/T Phillies.com)
A lack of confidence? Is that all? I never would have guessed, coach. Well then, maybe you should have a little frank discussion with Myers and ask him what’s wrong. I’m just saying. Anyway, I do agree with you that he needs three good innings, just as long as he doesn’t give up any runs either before or after he pitches those three good innings. Myers needs to act like a veteran pitcher and use his experience to keep himself from getting into trouble. Or get him out of it when he does get into trouble. Throwing a few less gopher balls wouldn’t hurt either. Harumph!!!