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.
Moore tossed three shutout innings Tuesday, walking two and striking out five in a win over the Dodgers. Moore bounced back in a big way after allowing four runs in his last spring appearance. The lefty's last two outings are a perfect representation of the Jekyll and Hyde results Moore can provide as a starter. There are times when he is unhittable, and others when he can't make it out of the early innings. He is by no means a safe option, but there is value in his arm as a mid-tier pitcher with strikeout potential.
Moore gave up four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two over 2.2 innings in Thursday's split-squad contest against the White Sox. The stat line looks ugly, but a young defense behind Moore cost him several runs. Rookie outfield Steve Duggar misplayed two separate hits in center field that allowed four White Sox baserunners to advance and score without making the runs unearned. Results aside, Moore has a rotation spot locked up and will use spring training as a way to prepare for the regular season. The 27-year-old southpaw is a volatile mid-tier pitcher with high strikeout potential.
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.