Tag:Matt Moore
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 10:04 pm

Playoff race: Rays take another from Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tampa Bay won't sweep in Boston, but they could win three of four against the Red Sox and head to New York just two games behind the current American League wild card leaders. With Saturday's 4-3 victory over Boston, the Rays moved to within three games of the Red Sox with a seeming mismatch of David Price against Tim Wakefield on tap for Sunday.

Ben Zobrist's two-run homer in the first set the ton for the Rays, who were able to get to Red Sox starter Jon Lester for four runs on five hits in seven innings.

Jeff Niemann lasted just five innings for the Rays, but gave up only two runs, while rookie Matt Moore -- in just his second big-league appearance -- went three big innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits. Moore, manager Joe Maddon told CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler, may just be the Rays' "wild card" in the wild card race.

Tampa Bay finishes its four-game series in Boston on Sunday before heading to New York for four more games against the Yankees. It should be noted, the Yankees' lead over the Red Sox is just 4.5 games, so things could get interesting in that race as well, if the Rays continue to play tormentor against the AL East powers.

The Angels' already slim chances seemed to be dashed with another loss in Baltimore

Boston Red Sox
Remaining schedule: 1 vs. TB, 4 vs. BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 85.8 percent 

Tampa Bay Rays
84-67, 3 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ BOS, 4 @ NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 5.1 percent 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
82-69, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR, 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 0.6 percent

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:20 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 9:27 pm

Report: Rays calling top prospect to bigs

By Matt Snyder

Rays' top prospect Matt Moore has been told he's coming to the majors, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. He will reportedly join the club Monday.

Moore, 22, began the season in Double-A after finishing last year in High-A. He has been steadily rising in prospect rankings since being drafted in the eighth round out of high school in 2007, to the point that Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had Moore as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball when he updated his rankings in mid-July. Bryce Harper was No. 1, which means Moore is regarded at the top pitching prospect in baseball by a highly-respected evaluator.

Moore made 18 starts in Double-A this season, in which he went 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP and 131 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings. Believe it or not, he got better in Triple-A. Moore was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 52 2/3 Triple-A innings.

He likely joins the bullpen and could make a spot start during the Rays' doubleheader against the Yankees September 21. There is precedent in place for the Rays to use a prized starting pitching prospect in this manner. Back in 2008, a 23-year-old left-hander named David Price made four relief appearances and one start in September. He also ended up getting in five postseason games. He seemed to turn out OK. Considering the Rays are within striking distance of the AL Wild Card, it's possible Moore has a similar shot.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:24 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 1:38 am

Rays being patient with top pitching prospect

By Matt Snyder

This just in: The Tampa Bay Rays churn out quality starting pitching. James Shields, 29, is the elder statesman of the current starting rotation -- which also includes Jeff Niemann (28), David Price (26), Wade Davis (25) and Jeremy Hellickson (24). When the Rays needed an injury fill-in this season, they went with Alex Cobb (23) or Andy Sonnanstine (28).

Waiting in the wings is left-hander Matt Moore. He has been steadily rising in prospect rankings since being drafted in the eighth round out of high school in 2007, to the point that Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had Moore as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball when he updated his rankings in mid-July. Bryce Harper -- you've heard of him, right? -- was No. 1, which means Moore is regarded at the top pitching prospect in baseball by a highly-respected evaluator.

Moore, 22, is currently in Triple-A, though that season ends in just a few days. With major-league rosters allowed to expand, the Rays have a chance to give Moore a look. But they're not necessarily going to do that, as they're remaining patient.

"I can be patient," Rays manager Joe Maddon said (MLB.com). "Whenever people that watch him all the time say that he's ready, I believe it. As a manager being at a distance, I don't try to influence that decision. I don't see it, so I'm sure that time will come, and I'm relatively patient, very patient with that."

That almost sounds like some front office personnel don't believe Moore is ready yet. Either that or they haven't said otherwise to Maddon. There's no hurry, as the Rays' rotation is young and strong. Still, it would be nice to get a look at Moore in September, especially late in the month if the Rays are eliminated from Wild Card contention.

Moore is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings since his promotion to Triple-A. He began the season in Double-A, where he went 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 131 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings.

Are they sure he's not ready?

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:09 pm

Pepper: @DatDudeBP leads MLB tweeters

By C. Trent Rosecrans

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about Derek Jeter, but also notes these games against the Yankees are not just big for Jeter's chase of 3,000 but also vital for the Rays. There's also the Braves-Phillies series, but Danny points out why that may not be as big of a series.

TWITTER 140: Our own @JamesonFleming put together the sports world's top 140 Twitter users and the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) comes in as baseball's best Twitter user.

Phillips didn't start using Twitter until this offseason, but has embraced the technology, holding contests for fans and also taking suggestions on restaurants and off-day activities. Earlier this season, a teen asked Phillips to come to his baseball game on a day the Reds were off, and Phillips stopped by. He also sent a pair fans to spring training and then another pair to San Francisco for the Reds' games at AT&T Park.

He has even won over some Cardinals fans, an amazing feat considering Cardinal nation's distaste for the Reds second baseman, who last year used not-so-nice words to describe Tony La Russa's club.

Florida's Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) is fourth on the list and the second baseball player. Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford) is the third MLB player in the Top 10.

LAST ONE THE TOUGHEST: George Brett told the Associated Press he thought the last hit would be the toughest for Derek Jeter in his quest for 3,000. Of course, Brett reached the mark with a four-hit game. Brett also said he wasn't sure how many more players would reach the milestone.

"Is that desire still going to be there when they're worth $250 million when they're 37 years old?" Brett said.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Jeter will be wearing special shoes for his 3,000th hit, and you can get a matching pair. Yahoo!'s Big League Stew has all the details on the details of the shoes.

JETER'S BALLS: One more Jeter entry -- a look at the special baseballs that MLB will use to try to track Jeter's 3,000th hit. [BizofBaseball.com]

CARDS LOCK UP GARCIA?: There are reports from the radio station partially owned by the Cardinals that say the team has reached a four-year deal with two option years with left-hander Jaime Garcia. The deal would cover all three arbitration years and one year of free agency for the 25-year-old Garcia. He's 8-3 this season with a 3.23 ERA and is 22-12 with a  3.07 ERA in his career. [MLB.com]

HARPER STILL TOPS: Baseball America released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects List, and the Nationals' Bryce Harper leads the list, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rays' lefty Matt Moore.

ALL-STAR SWITCH: Royals right-hander Aaron Crow may have made the All-Star team as a reliever, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost sees the team's former first-rounder as a starter down the line, as soon as next spring. [MLB.com]

DOCTOR MAY NAME NAMES: Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States to treat athletes, and he may be pressed to give the names of athletes he treated and gave illegal drugs. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of the Mets are among the players who have been treated by Galea in the past. [New York Times]

BORAS SPEAKS AT SABR: Super-agent Scott Boras talked of his love of baseball at the Society for American Baseball Research's annual conference on Thursday. Boras talked about his first superstar -- a cow on his family's farm. [Orange County Register]

SCHILLING TALKS PEDS: Former All-Star Curt Schilling went on a Philadelphia radio station Wednesday and said that no "team in the last 20 years that's won clean." Schilling said he thinks the recent decline in offensive numbers are because of MLB's testing policies. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

NO TAPE MEASURE NEEDED: Ever wonder how they calculate home-run distances so quickly? There's a chart, of course, but how is that chart made? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that story.

CRADLE OF MANAGERS: The Kansas City A's didn't produce a lot of wins, but they did produce their fair share of managers. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan (not the Hall of Famer, but the former Red Sox manager), Dick Williams, Hank Bauer, Dick Howser and Tony La Russa all played for the A's in KC. Two of the game's more successful coaches, Dave Duncan and Charlie Lau, also played for the A's during their stint in Kansas City. [Joe Posnanski]

SLUGGER EMPATHY: Twins designated hitter Jim Thome said it wasn't his place to comment on Adam Dunn's struggles, but said he did empathize with the struggling Chicago DH. "As a guy who swings and misses and has struck out a ton, it's hard," Thome told the Chicago Tribune. "When you can have success and are blessed to play a long time and [then go through] those periods, it's tough."

NO STARS FOR ALL-STARS: Major League Baseball has added stars to the uniforms of All-Stars, but apparently the designations are purely optional, as the Cardinals' three All-Stars declined to take part to keep their uniforms uniform. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

STARLING UNDECIDED: The Royals took a gamble when they picked prep outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, as Starling is also a top-flight quarterback committed to Nebraska. Starling told the Kansas City Star he hasn't decided whether he's going to play football for Nebraska or sign with the Royals for millions of dollars. Starling said he's going to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday and will work out with the team, but won't enroll in classes for the summer.

SAVES RECORD: You need more evidence they keep stats for everything? Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has set the record for most first-half saves by a rookie. Kimbrel's 27th save Thursday broke the record of 26 set by Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

LAWRIE PROGRESSING: Just before he was scheduled to be called up in May, Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Lawrie began hitting off a tee earlier this week, and he's improving. The team doesn't expect him to be able to play in games until August. [MLB.com]

ROYAL SHAME: The Royals have once again taken the cheap route in their tribute to the Nergro Leagues, ditching the vintage uniforms. While there are many good signs for the Royals' future, this is a reminder that David Glass is still the owner. [Kansas City Star]

MYTHBUSTER: Scientists are using a lab at Washington State to measure some baseball physics. Among the findings, corked bats don't work, humidors do, and the balls from 2004 performed the same as a ball from the late 70s. [Popular Mechanics]

REMEMBERING BUDDIN: Former Red Sox shortstop Dan Buddin died last week. He's remembered mostly for not being very good -- he averaged 30 errors a year and didn't hit very well, either. A really good remembrance by FanGraphs.com's Alex Remington on the man Boston booed.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:53 pm

Rays prospect throws no-hitter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

You know the Rays are already stacked with starting pitching -- the rotation of James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann has plenty of talent -- and the Rays' minor-league system is still deep in pitching talent.

The team's top pitching prospect, left-hander Matt Moore, threw a no-hitter on Thursday night for Double-A Montgomery against Mobile. Moore, the game's top left-handed pitching prospect, struck out 11 and walked just two on Thursday, throwing 106 pitches.

It's his second career no-hitter, throwing a seven-inning no-hitter in 2009.

On the season, he's 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA. In 14 starts, he's struck out 103 batters in 77 2/3 innings, while walking just 21. Moore will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Saturday.

Moore led the minors in strikeouts in each of the last two seasons and trails only Edwar Cabrera of the Rockies' low Class-A Asheville team this season. Cabrera has 110 in 86 innings.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 5:00 pm

Top 10 Rays prospects has Hellickson at top

Hellickson Baseball America has revealed the top prospects for the Blue Jays, Orioles and Red Sox thus far. The AL East continues on with the Rays released Monday.

Tampa Bay plans to slash payroll from $72 million to $60 million or lower, and will have to rely on the farm to do that. Fortunately, a rich farm system gives the Rays options, including ace prospect Jeremy Hellickson.

Hellickson (pictured) made his major-league debut in 2010, posting a 3.47 ERA in four starts and six relief appearances at age 23 after dominating Triple-A. His presence will allow Tampa to trade one of its more expensive starters (James Shields?) for a bat, as the offense will have to be remade.

Outfielder Desmond Jennings appears to be the heir to Carl Crawford in left field, although Jennings won't have as much an impact as Hellickson will -- at least not immediately. Jennings, the 2009 top prospect that slipped to third in the rankings this year, didn't impress in a September callup by hitting .190 and the 23-year-old most decidedly did not dominate Triple-A with a line of .278/.362/.393.

Sandwiched between Hellickson and Jennings is lefty Matt Moore, who tore apart high-Class A and is a potential future ace. The 21-year-old should spend all of 2011 at Double-A.

The list:
1. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp
2. Matt Moore, lhp
3. Desmond Jennings, of
4. Jake McGee, lhp
5. Josh Sale, of
6. Alex Torres, lhp
7. Alex Colome, rhp
8. Justin O'Conner, c
9. Drew Vettleson, of
10. Jake Thompson, rhp

-- Evan Brunell

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