Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Moore Emerging As A True Ace
The best teams in baseball that have success on a consistent basis seem to have one thing in common, and that is they have a strong pitching staff. The Tampa Bay Rays are one of these teams that always receive great contributions from their pitchers.
This is one of the reasons that in past couple of seasons, they either have a great chance of winning their division or earning a wild card berth.
They have a pitcher that is having a spectacular season for them. The one pitcher that comes to mind when you think of the Rays is David Price. That would make sense, but Price has battled injuries this season. The pitcher that has stepped up in his absence is talented left-hander Matt Moore.
This is only his second full season in baseball, but you would not know that by the way he is carving up the opposition. The opposition is having a tough time figuring him out, as indicated by their .178 batting average against him. He also has a 2.18 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and has an 8-0 record in 62 innings thrown this season.
Moore is one of a handful of starters that have yet to lose a game this season. He does not receive much national attention like Matt Harvey or Clay Buchholz, but that will change if he is able to lead Tampa Bay to a division title.
The Rays in the off season traded away one of their most dependable starters in James Shields to the Kansas City Royals for outfield prospect Wil Myers. When this deal was completed, many were wondering why they would make this decision.
The front office for Tampa Bay knew the type of pitcher they had in Moore, and he showed flashes of brilliance in the previous season by striking out 175 batters in 177 innings along with a 3.81 ERA.
The biggest difference for him this season is that he is a pitcher and not a thrower. He does possess a mid 90s fastball, but he has learned not to rely on that pitch alone and trust his breaking pitches.
Moore is emerging as one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game, and the scary part about him is that he will only get better with more experience.