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Matt Moore is 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA through five starts

Apr 28, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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Rays left-hander Matt Moore experienced some growing pains last summer but still wound up posting a respectable 3.81 ERA over 177 1/3 innings. This season, at age 23, he looks ready to become a legitimate ace.

Moore allowed only one run and struck out nine over six innings Saturday in the Rays’ 10-4 win over the White Sox and is now 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 32 innings (five starts) this year.

“Honestly, (Moore’s) one of the better pitchers I’ve ever faced,” White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie told reporters after Saturday’s game. “He moves the ball both sides of the plate, throwing curve balls for strikes. Sometimes you’re just going to run into that at this level, guys that are just on. He was on tonight. There’s not much we can do.”

Moore, an eighth-round pick out of a New Mexico high school in 2007, has one of the most team-friendly contracts in high-level professional sports.

  1. 13arod - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    im a big rays fan and i heard that he trow 2 no hitters in the minors one in double a and one in triple a this guy is an allstar

    • approvenothing - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Your grammar and spelling makes me sad…

  2. artthoumad - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    not hating or anything, but I found it hilarious that the link showing Moore’s contract is a link to your twitter

    • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      That IS his contract. Kids today.

  3. thebadguyswon - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Its the unibrow. He stopped plucking it in Spring Training.

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    AA is going to be out of a job pretty soon.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Oh i agree, AA and Gibbons are both on the hot hot hot seat, when i think of the both of them i think about that progressive commerical with the two guys who’s pants are on fire? Thats AA and Gibbons right now

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I think AA has one more year after this. But he is going to have to win soon or he’s out. Its not like he had a tremendous resume to begin with. He’s a figment of the saber goons’ imagination.

  5. indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    This blog post is about the Rays not the Jays., you closeted Jays lover you. I know it’s just one letter, but try to keep ’em straight, m’okay?

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    This is your worst troll ever. I’m highly disappointed. You’re just phoning it in now. 😦


  7. baseballtrashtalkin - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Trash Talkin and commented:
    Matt Moore and Clay Buchholz – tearing up the Al East.

  8. alexo0 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    The perfect replacement for David Price.

  9. dondada10 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    In a perfect world the All-Star Game starters would be Matt Moore and Matt Harvey at Citi Field.

    At least one baseball geek’s head is going to literally explode if that happens.

  10. approvenothing - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    And this has anything to do about Matt Moore?

  11. genericcommenter - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Between this, playing NFL football, and writing on the NBA for NBC Sports, Matt Moore’s all-around sports production is rather impressive.

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