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Joe Maddon wants Matt Moore to be the new David Price

Sep 12, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

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Here’s the tweet from the Rays manager:

Like to use Matt Moore kinda like we did with Price in 08. Let’s see if history can repeat itself. The games will dictate how we use him.

David Price was probably baseball’s top pitching prospect when he came up in mid-September 2008 and posted a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings down the stretch.  Now the Rays are going to see if Moore can do the same thing.

Price actually made one start in September, and his debut appearance lasted 5 1/3 innings in relief of an ineffective Edwin Jackson.  It’s safe to say Moore won’t be following Price in throwing 14 innings over the final three weeks of the season.

However, if the Rays can get by the Red Sox and into the postseason, it’s entirely possible Moore could have a Price-like impact in October.  Price made five appearances against the Red Sox and the Phillies in his first postseason.  He allowed two runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings and picked up a win and a save in the process.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    David Price could only dream of the numbers Matt Moore has put up the last 2 years in the minors. Strasburg could only dream of the numbers Moore has put up.

    How did this guy last til the 8th freaking round. A highschool lefty who routinely threw 90-91 as a 17 year old. At 21, he hit 99 at the Futures game, and has no trouble averaging 95. I think all Rays fans agree with me on this statement: Thank you all other teams for passing on this guy…… 7 times.

    • bigxrob - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:15 PM

      The rays also passed on him 7 or so times as well

      • hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:16 PM

        yep. I dont know how it was possible.

    • flpunx - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      And thank you Andrew Friedman and the smartest, most underrated front office in baseball!

  2. btwicey - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    He will be special.

  3. urteamsux52 - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:47 PM


    • hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      He’s up. Put him in.

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