In an unsurprising move, Matt Moore had his $7 million option activated by the Giants this offseason after the club traded for him at the deadline, locking him in as the Giants' third or fourth starter to begin the 2017 season. The southpaw's 2016 results were fairly average when you look at his 4.08 ERA, 1.13 HR/9 and a 2.47 K/BB ratio. His league-average ERA does not tell the whole story as there were plenty of peaks and troughs throughout the year, with monthly ERAs ranging from 2.41 to 7.36 over 198.1 innings. His home and away splits stick out as well with a 3.36 home ERA and a 5.02 mark on the road. Pitching a full season with San Francisco should slightly improve his home numbers and his ERA as a whole. His strikeouts (8.1 K/9 last year) do give him a slight edge over other 4.00 ERA pitchers in his tier.
Manager Bruce Bochy formed his rotation for spring training Wednesday, listing Moore as his third pitcher which is where he should land once the regular season begins, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Moore had an up-and-down season between Tampa Bay and San Francisco last season, finishing with a modest 4.08 ERA and a 2.5 K/BB ratio over 198.1 innings. A full season in San Francisco should help in terms of his home ballpark being favorable to pitchers and also having a better offense behind him for leagues that count wins. Moore isn't a safe pitcher by any means, but his ability to strike out batters (8.1 K/9) make him viable in most formats.
The Giants will pick up the $7 million contract on Moore's contract for next season, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Moore had some ups and downs after being acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline, but he ended the season on a strong note and will come at a major bargain next year, so the Giants undoubtedly did not have to waste much time deciding on his option. Moore will occupy either the third or fourth spot in what will be a loaded 2017 Giants rotation.
Moore (13-12) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six over eight innings Sunday in a wild card-clinching win over the Dodgers. The left-hander heads into the postseason with some momentum, giving up only two runs with a 17:2 K:BB over his final two regular season starts, and he finishes the regular season with a 4.08 ERA and 178:72 K:BB in 198.1 innings split between San Francisco and Tampa Bay. If the Giants can get by the Mets in the Wild Card Game, Moore should play a prominent role in their rotation plans for the NLDS.
Moore (5-5) allowed one run over 7.2 innings and struck out 11 in a win Tuesday against the Rockies. Moore bounced back from a horrendous start last time out against the dodgers (1 IP, 6 ER) to deliver arguably his best start of the season. He didn't walk a batter for the first time since April 17, tied a season high with 11 strikeouts, and needed just 99 pitches to get 23 outs. Moore owns a mediocre 4.48 ERA for the Giants, but this start shows he still has the enticing talent for which they acquired him.
Moore was shelled Monday, giving up six runs over just an inning in a 9-3 loss to the Dodgers. Moore turned in his worst performance as a Giant in a game that the team needed to desperately win. San Francisco may have been surprised by this outing, but Moore's fantasy owners are well aware with his propensity to implode on occasion. Any pitcher with ratios 4.34 ERA, 1.23 HR/9 and 3.45 BB/9 would normally be considered waiver wire fodder, but the lefty's decent strikeout rate and favorable home ballpark keep owners coming back for more. His next start is scheduled for next Wednesday against the Rockies, but there is an outside chance that Moore could return to the mound on three days rest this Sunday due to his low pitch count Wednesday and Johnny Cueto's (groin) possible unavailability, CSN Bay Area reports.