Moore was in the mix for to be the Mariners fifth starter with Erasmo Ramirez (lat) not expected to be ready for Opening Day, but will instead start the year in Triple-A. The 23-year-old had a 9.72 ERA and 2.04 WHIP with 11 strikeouts over 8.1 innings this spring after giving up 14 home runs during 59 innings with Seattle in 2017, also featuring a lowly 4.7 K/9.
At this time, Ramirez isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day, but the Mariners don't actually need a fifth starter for the first week or two of the season. As such, Moore's availability as a fifth starter may be a moot point. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old spent a good chunk of time in the majors last season, but he produced just a 5.34 ERA with a meager 4.7 K/9. Even if he does crack the rotation, his low strikeout rate limits his upside. Ariel Miranda is also fighting for the final rotation spot.
Moore has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Angels with neck stiffness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Moore was slated to toe the rubber in place of Felix Hernandez (rest), but the neck issue will keep Moore out and afford Andrew Albers a starting opportunity. The 23-year-old Moore posted strong numbers at the upper levels of the minors to earn a look in Seattle, but that success did not translate in his first exposure to big-league hitting.
Moore will start Saturday's game against the Angels in Anaheim in place of Felix Hernandez (rest), Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
After a pair of quality starts to open September, Moore has stumbled somewhat in his last two trips to the mound, allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits over 8.2 innings. He'll have one more opportunity to make a strong impression in place of Hernandez, who the Mariners have opted to shut down early after a season marred in part by a shoulder impingement that caused a six-week absence.
Moore (1-5) allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Saturday against the Indians.
Moore had little margin for error on a day the offense provided him just a single run of support, as he dropped his fifth decision of the campaign. Although he hasn't pitched beyond six innings of any of his four starts this month, he's held opponents to three or fewer earned runs during each of those outings, and he's been a marginal fantasy option during that time. He'll make his next start Friday against the Angels.
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