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Matt Moore matches Babe Ruth with 8-0 start

May 19, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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It’s not every day a player can say he accomplished a Ruthian feat, but Matt Moore has earned that very prestigious honor today. As the pitcher of record behind the Rays’ 3-1 win over the Orioles this afternoon, Moore improved to 8-0 in nine starts this season, becoming the first lefty age 23 or younger to start 8-0 since Babe Ruth in 1917 with the Red Sox. That astonishing fact comes to us via the SportsCenter Twitter account.

Moore, who turns 24 on June 18, held the Orioles to one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. Among starters who have made nine starts, his 34 total hits allowed is the lowest in the American League and bested only by Matt Harvey‘s 32.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - May 19, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I as a Yankee fan have the up most respect for the Rays and everytime I hear how this organization continues to have these young promising arms come up and deliver. It’s just amazing…I applaud them. Keep it up Rays

    • cocheese000 - May 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      I guess so….you Yankee fans probably think of the rays as a part of your farm system.

      • txnative61 - May 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Maybe AAA+——with the Mariners a lock as their AAA club. Well OK, I might be overrating them.

    • indaburg - May 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM

      Ignore those cynical responses. As a Rays fan, I say thanks for noticing.

  2. dondada10 - May 19, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    It seems like the sport has really gotten an influx of young stars over the past 2 seasons.

    Now free Wil Myers.

    • indaburg - May 20, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      Free Willy?

  3. gotampabay52 - May 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Traded sheilds and now trade Price and get great players or give up on younger pitchers and keep older high paying players which aint the Rays way

    • indaburg - May 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      What?

      • raysfan1 - May 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        too much ethanol

  4. tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    “Moore improved to 8-0 in nine starts this season, becoming the first lefty age 23 or younger”

    Well, at least it’s not an obscure honor or anything.

    Also, he is the first lefty, age 23 or younger, with the initials MM, who wears the number 55 to start 8-0 EVER.

    Also, he is the first player of any age with a dad named Marty to start 8-0 for a team based in Florida.

    • samu0034 - May 20, 2013 at 4:06 AM

      Jesus, do you ever think about anything non-cynically? You must be awesome to hang out with at parties.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2013 at 7:11 AM

        It’s not cynicism. I’m cracking wise because I find the use of qualifiers funny. If you limit the pool, everything is significant.

        First pitcher to start 8-0 : Significant
        First left handed pitcher to start 8-0 : Less significant but still significant
        First pitcher under 23 to start 8-0 : See above

        Then when you combine those last two to try it’s even less important.

        Still interesting, but not important.

    • indaburg - May 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      Tough man to impress.

      I think his name’s actually Calvin.

  5. beast2727 - May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Kid is the shit

  6. raysfan1 - May 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Folks forget what an outstanding pitcher Ruth was.

    Way to go, Matt Moore! Go Rays! Broomed ‘em!

  7. moogro - May 20, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    No canisters or white gas. Denatured alcohol.

  8. uyf1950 - May 20, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Congratulation to Matt Moore but I think it’s important to note a minor difference between their 8-0′s.
    If I’m not mistaken Ruth accomplished his 8-0 record in 1917 in 8 consecutive starts. Matt is 8-0 in 9 starts he had a no decision May 4th versus the Rockies. A small distinction but a distinction none the less. I just think it’s important to be precise. Oh and by the way Ruth was 22 years old at the time.

    • raysfan1 - May 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      All true. Of course it’s also true it was a different era then, one in which relievers weren’t frequently used.

  9. brewer3 - May 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Didn’t Fernando Valenzuela also start 8-0 in 1981, when he was 20?

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