The Tampa Bay Rays have been a good team all season long. There have been ups and downs as there are with most teams but the scariest of downs all came from their starting pitching staff. Reigning American League Cy-Young winner David Price was healthy but got off to a non-award winning start in 2013. Matt Moore came out as an ace caliber pitcher but then went on the disabled list in the second half. Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive and missed most of the meat of the season.
Price showed how well he is pitching in pressure situations with a great performance in the famous 163rd game of this season against the Texas Rangers. Cobb further cemented how back he is with a great shut down performance against the Cleveland Indians in the Wildcard playoff game. For the first game of the ALDS against the powerful and rival Boston Red Sox, the Rays will turn to their recently healthy new ace Moore.
After both of the other two starters were able to showcase just how 100 percent they were, it would be huge if Moore could do the same against the Red Sox in this huge game 1 of the ALDS. For certain he could be considered all the way back or at least close to it with the way he pitched down the stretch. But if he goes out and shines in the spotlight of ALDS game 1, he will be the third member of what might be the best pitching staff in the entire MLB postseason.