Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore has been electric in his first two starts of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Not only has he been the best pitcher on the Rays through the first two weeks, but he has also been one of the best starters in all of baseball.
Moore is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and a .086 opponent batting average in 11 1/3 innings. The left-hander has given up three hits and has yet to allow a run this season. The fact that both starts came against the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, two high-powered teams, makes the two victories that much more impressive.
The 23-year-old did struggle a bit at times in his last start against the Rangers in which 52 of his 106 pitches were balls, including two wild pitches. However, he still tossed excellent pitches when it mattered most.
“Where the big pitches that really needed to be made, I was locked into those moments,” Moore told TampaBayRays.com after the win on April 10. “From that, we can be happy with what the results were.”
Moore is 14-11 with a 3.55 earned run average in 36 career outings (34 starts). There is no question his career numbers are outstanding, but there is also plenty of room for improvement. The good news is the Florida native appears to be locked in and determined to prove himself worthy this season. He clearly wants to solidify himself as one of the best starters in baseball.
Moore is scheduled to take on the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night.