Matt Moore Dominates As Tampa Bay Rays Inch Closer To AL East Lead

By Lauren Burg
Matt Moore Celebrates First Career Complete Game Shutout
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Forget the past. Right now, the Tampa Bay Rays are baseball’s hottest team, evidenced by Monday night’s 3-0 win over the (barely) AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.

Starting pitching has led the way for the Rays, with David Price, Chris Archer and Matt Moore all going the distance during this wonderful, team record-setting stretch of 21 wins in the past 25 games. For the latter two, it took on even more meaning as they threw their first complete-game shutouts of their young major league careers during this run.

Here’s an interesting statistic. Rays starters have allowed three runs or less in 25 of the last 29 games dating back to June 11 — a fantastic sign considering their incredibly poor start.

Couple that with outstanding — sometimes dazzling — defensive play and timely hitting, and it’s no wonder the Rays are sitting only a half game back of the Red Sox — totally amazing when you consider where they were (last place in the AL East) exactly one month ago.

One wouldn’t know this by watching them, however.

They are quietly confident, not looking to make national headlines (though that would be nice), but instead trying to win games. Honestly, that can’t be said about every team, their Bostonian counterparts included. Going forward, the Rays just need to continue playing up to their potential while keeping an even keel. If that happens, there’s no telling how far this team can go.

Maybe to the World Series and a possible pennant? With the Rays, anything is possible.


Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL and MLB writer for Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and join her Google network.

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