On the face of it, Matt Moore's return from Tommy John surgery looked like anything but a success, but there is much to be encouraged about. Moore struggled in his first starts back in July, and in August, the Rays demoted him to Triple-A Durham. The lefty dominated there, and upon his recall in September, he fared much better with a 2.97 ERA over six starts. With increased velocity and improved control, Moore looked like a reliable standard mixed league pitcher, and he should be drafted among the top 50 starters.
Rays pitcher Matt Moore will make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Moore was scheduled to make his next start Sunday, but he will receive an extra day of rest between his starts. As a result, Matt Andriese will make a spot start Sunday in his place, while Moore will be pushed back to Tuesday. While it's possible Moore will make another start before the end of the season, it's also possible Tuesday will be his last go around.
Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore turned in seven dominant innings Thursday, striking out nine Orioles while allowing no runs on two hits and zero walks, but was stuck with a no-decision. Alex Colome came in and gave up four runs in the eighth inning to blow the game, depriving Moore of a win in what was easily his best start of the year. This was a version of Moore that we hadn't seen in a long time, so this outing qualifies as wonderful news for his fantasy owners. He next faces a Boston team that scored six runs off him Aug. 1 and eight (six earned) last Saturday -- if he can turn things around Tuesday against the Red Sox, he'll put himself squarely on the radar for next year.
Making his eighth start of the season, Rays left-hander Matt Moore got rocked in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Moore gave up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits over five rough innings, en route to the 10-4 final. Moore (1-4, 8.42 ERA) gave up four home runs in the poor outing. He served up a three-run shot to David Ortiz in the very first inning. Then Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia went back-to-back in the third. Ortiz got to Moore again in the fifth inning--a solo shot for his 500th career blast. Moore, who missed the first three months while recovering from Tommy John surgery, has given up six earned runs in two of his last three starts.
Rays starter Matt Moore made his return to the rotation and pitched well, but wound up one out short of qualifying for a victory in Tampa Bay's eventual triumph. Moore, who was making his first start for the Rays since Aug. 1 and his seventh this season, went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked two, but the Rays took him out of the contest after just 79 pitches. Moore (1-3) has not won since July 12 and his ERA remains at 8.04.
The Rays have recalled left-hander Matt Moore and four others from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. Moore, who missed the first three months of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, made six starts for the Rays earlier this season. Moore struggled when he came off of the DL in early July. In the six starts, he allowed a total of 26 earned runs in 26 2/3 innings, leading to an 8.78 ERA. He has fared much better in five starts with Durham, going 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings. He also posted a 43:8 K:BB ratio, which includes a 16-strikeout outing two starts ago. In addition to Moore, the Rays also summoned Mikie Mahtook , C.J. Riefenhauser , Richie Shaffer and Kirby Yates from Triple-A.