Matt Moore SP TB 4 hours ago

Moore allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Monday against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Supposedly Moore addressed a hitch in his delivery between his previous start and this one, but the results suggest he needs to head back to the drawing board. Moore didn't miss bats (seven swinging strikes in 88 pitches) and allowed three extra-base hits including his ninth home run allowed in as many starts. In Moore's first two full seasons with the Rays he allowed fewer than a home run per nine innings, but he has given up 17 home runs in just 109 innings (1.4 HR/9) since returning from injury in 2015. His ERA is now up to 5.47 and he won't improve that until he can figure out how to keep the ball in the yard once again.

Matt Moore SP TB 18 hours ago

Moore utilized the extra time afforded him between starts to adjust a slight hitch in his mechanics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays' southpaw used an additional bullpen session during the week to smooth out what was termed "a slight hitch" in his mechanics, namely, a brief stall in his hands when they were overhead during the wind-up process. Moore is looking forward to getting back into action Monday night against the Marlins, after an extra two days off."It's going to be nice to get back out there," he said. "It does feel like it's been a while." Manager Kevin Cash felt the extra time between starts might benefit the 26-year-old, who is 0-3, 6.51 over his past five starts after generating a 2.95 ERA over his first three trips to the mound this season.

Matt Moore SP TB 6 days ago

Moore will have his next start pushed back from Saturday to Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the southpaw having failed to get past the fifth inning in his last trio of starts, manager Kevin Cash opted to give his struggling starter extra time before taking the hill again. The official reason for the move is to split up the rotation's two lefties-- Moore and Drew Smyly-- who have pitched back-to-back since April 9. However, with Moore particularly struggling with his command, it also provides the 26-year-old with extra time on the sidelines to work on his mechanics. "I think it's the same as any pitcher that's struggling, along the lines of Chris Archer, it's the lapses in command," pitching coach Jim Hickey said. "But that's something that, I don't want to say plagued him, but it's been an issue from day one."

Matt Moore SP TB 1 week ago

Moore (1-3) lasted five innings Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three, but came away with a no-decision in a 7-6 loss to the A's.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was actually in line for the win thanks to Sonny Gray being even more generous than he was, but Danny Valencia crushed his third home run of the day in the top of the ninth inning to send Moore home empty-handed. He's now failed to pitch more than five innings in any of his last three starts, managing just an 11:8 K:BB in 14 innings over that stretch, and the efficiency issues that plagued Moore before his Tommy John surgery have predictably returned in 2016. He'll look for a better result in his next trip to the hill Saturday in Detroit.

Matt Moore SP TB 2 weeks ago

Moore allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts in just 4.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Things could have gone much worse for Moore, who managed to scatter his 11 baserunners because he was able to find big strikeouts when he needed them. He induced 13 swinging strikes and got five of his six strikeouts with runners in scoring position. All those jams, however, meant Moore needed 98 pitches to record 14 outs. He has allowed at least 10 baserunners in three of his past four starts, and while he has 22 strikeouts in that span, it won't matter how nasty he is if he can't find a way to keep the bases clear.

Matt Moore SP TB 3 weeks ago

Moore may be pulled from his scheduled start against the Angels this Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Kevin Cash has labled his starter for Sunday's contest "to be determined", with speculation that either Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez may get the call against the southpaw-mashing Angels. After notching quality starts in three of the previous four outings, Moore was touched up for eight hits (including two homers) and seven earned runs by the Dodgers on Tuesday. The change, if it does occur, would likely only involve a one-day delay in starts for the 26-year-old, as opposed to a skipped turn in the rotation.

Matt Moore SP TB 3 weeks ago

Moore (1-3) was clobbered by the Dodgers in Tuesday's loss. He allowed seven runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out a season-low two in just 4.1 innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After starting the season with three solid outings, Moore's now lost three consecutive while ballooning his ERA two full points over that span. A couple of major deficiencies has been his poor 1.5 HR/9 and low strand rate (63.2 percent). However, the right-hander's 9.17 K/9 makes up for some of that and, assuming the strikeouts continue, Moore is still safe to deploy in deep leagues.

Matt Moore SP TB 4 weeks ago

Moore (1-2) took the loss against the Orioles on Wednesday despite striking out nine and surrendering only three hits, three earned runs and two walks over seven innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

On a night where the Rays offense was once again muted, Moore's one major mistake proved to be the difference. His fifth-inning, two-out offering to Joey Rickard was launched into the left-field stands for a three-run homer, nullifying what otherwise was a stellar effort by the southpaw. He equaled his longest stint on the mound this season, while also yielding the lowest amount of hits in a start to date. However, both the long ball and to a certain extent, his control, once again helped derail him. The 26-year-old has surrendered a homer in four of his five starts, and has also walked multiple batters in three of those games. On the plus side, he's certainly missing plenty of bats, having recorded 24 whiffs over his last 20 innings of work. He'll try to get back in the win column in his next trip to the mound on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over 6.2 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moore (1-1) battled, but the Yankees kept chipping away and finally hung a loss on the Rays' southpaw. The good news is, he continues to show good control throwing 71 of 110 pitches for strikes, and maintaining his very solid 26:5 K:BB ratio. Command has always been his nemesis, so if he continues to hit his spots, a big year could be the result.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore (1-0) was dominant in Sunday's win over the White Sox, allowing two runs on five hits over 6.1 innings while striking out 10 without walking a batter.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His control has been particularly impressive so far in 2016, and Moore now has a 2.95 ERA and 21:3 K:BB through 18.1 innings and three starts. He'll face a tough test next Saturday, however, when the Rays are on the road against the Yankees.