ERA is BAD
Of the teams in baseball that have a winning record, the Phillies are the only one with only one starting pitcher with an ERA of lower than 4.37. That's the disparity from Cole Hamels (2.61) to Jamie Moyer after Moyer got his ERA down to 4.37 from 4.89 with Wednesday night's six-inning shutout in Washington.
With that as the context, here's your latest The Ones Who Got Away or Were Sent Away update: Former Phillies starter Kyle Lohse, let go to the Cardinals, hasn't turned out to be a savior. After Lohse's hot start, his ERA is 4.71, and the Cardinals have lost five of his last seven starts.
However, any Phillies fan who had the amazing foresight to think Gavin Floyd would transform into a dynamo can still point to him as the one who got away in the Freddy Garcia trade. Scheduled to start tonight for the White Sox, Floyd has a 2.92 ERA.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 8-2 in games started by Vicente Padilla (3.16) and 15-23 in games started by anybody else.
Not retiring yet
Realizing that comments he made this week to the New York Daily News had a lot of people thinking he may never pitch again, the Mets' Pedro Martinez backtracked, telling ESPNdeportes.com: "I feel great physically, and for the record, I haven't considered retirement. Retirement would only take place if my arm is badly hurt and if I have to face surgery or something near that nature. I have said this before and I'll say it again: I want to pitch at least for two or three more seasons."
Martinez should be excused for saying different things at different times this week. In addition to his own hamstring problems, he is in the Dominican Republic with his father, who has a form of brain cancer.
No truth to the rumor . . .
That the Braves are discussing forfeiting all road games and focusing their energy on games at Turner Field. Going into last night, the Braves were 19-5 at home and 6-16 on the road. Only the Red Sox have a better home record, and nobody in baseball has a worse road record. The Braves lost their first home series, to Pittsburgh, and haven't lost one since. They won their second road series, at Washington, and haven't won one since.
Braves manager Bobby Cox predicted that John Smoltz, on the disabled list since April 29 with a sore right shoulder, would be back "within the next 12 days . . . or close." Cox had the same timetable for two other injured pitchers, Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano. . . . Brewers closer Eric Gagne, who has a 6.98 ERA and five blown saves in 15 opportunities, was shut down until further notice because of a stiff right shoulder. "It's all in the front of the shoulder," Gagne said. "It's just one of those things. You usually warm up and it goes away, but it was getting tighter and tighter."