Brett Myers began his career as a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2002 and by 2005 had become their unquestioned ace. Myers was then moved to the closer role, back to the starting rotation, to the bullpen, and back to the starting rotation. The Phillies couldn’t figure out why he never pitched consistently.
The Houston Astros acquired Myers to be a veteran right-hand man to ace Roy Oswalt, now coincidentally a Philly. Brett Myers is pitching fantastically this year and has been all season. Here is an early season fantasy take on Myers. Myers has a 3.13 ERA in 2010 to go along with a 1.21 WHIP and 136 SOs. And the ERA isn’t the only career best for the Astro’s right hander. Myers is posting career bests in HR/9 and BB/9. Homeruns were his bugaboo last season when he gave up 2.3 HR/9 but he has completely changed the trend. And getting out of Citizen’s Bank certainly helped. Myer’s pitching this year is one reason Houston can live without Oswalt (blaspheme to the Astro faithful). Houston controls Myers for 2011, 2012, and also hold a vesting option for 2013. We certainly can’t expect Myers to post this good of numbers for all of the next three seasons but he’s only 29 and could still be finding his prime. I definitely think the Astros will be competing for a division title by 2013 and Myers will undoubtedly be a big part of that…given they don’t trade him Oswalt-style first.