Myers Simply Having a Good Time

The Phillies have waited for Brett Myers to show the kind of potential that they have always believed they would see in him. Now, by going back to his old power-pitching approach, Myers is finding the key to success and is having a good time doing it.

Brett Myers was considered a power-pitching prospect as he moved through the minor leagues. He wandered away from that reputation during his disappointing 2004, but he has come back with a vengeance this year.

Myers didn't have pinpoint location against the Marlins on Monday, but his fastball was so overpowering that he could split the plate with it and still have the hitter swinging at air. He struck out eight, walked one and didn't allow an earned run in 5 2/3 innings as he picked up his first win of the season.

He pointed to his first showdown with Miguel Cabrera as an example of his new, old attitude.

"I'm not pitching scared of the bat," said Myers. "For instance, the 3-2 pitch to Cabrera, I wanted to see him put the bat on the ball. A year ago I might have thrown a curve there because I was afraid to see contact."

Cabrera did make good contact on the pitch, but Jason Michaels made the catch in front of the 404-foot sign in center. Not many other Marlins made that kind of contact.

"Brett had a good fastball," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I liked the way he kept his composure, too."

When Manuel came out to replace Myers in the sixth, at first Myers wasn't happy and wanted to plead his case. Then Manuel informed him he threw 103 pitches and made another remark that had Myers laughing.

"We were just having a good time," Myers said. "It's good to have a guy where he can joke with me in a bad situation like that."


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