Now, with their season on the brink Saturday at Coors Field, no one can say Philadelphia is sending someone untested to the mound.
Jamie Moyer, the 44-year-old wonder, takes the ball in Game 3 looking to prolong the Phillies' season.
If experience indeed matters, very few can top Moyer's long list of accomplishments. The lefty has appeared in 604 career games, and he's logged a whopping 3,550 1/3 big league innings.
Moyer also brings playoff credentials.
He carries a 3-1 postseason record with a 2.66 ERA into Saturday, but the lefty last appeared this late into October in 2001 while with the Mariners. Still, he has fond memories of those games, as he was 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts that year.
With his team down, Moyer plans to pull on his previous appearances.
"For me personally, it's one pitch at a time," he said. "It's [about] getting as deep into the game as I can and being as effective as I can."
Simplifying the game is one of Moyer's tactics.
"The game doesn't change. That's one consistent thing that we can rely on as players," Moyer said. "The strike zone is the strike zone. The ballpark is the ballpark. The dimensions change, but as far as the game goes, the rules of the game haven't changed."
The Phillies paced the Major Leagues with 48 comeback wins during the regular season. So being asked to rally again is something the team is accustomed to doing.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.