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Entries in Matt Moore (7)

Monday
Jul222013

Moore Love

Let it be soon, don't hesitate 
Make it now, don't wait 
Open your heart & let my love come in 
I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart with... 

I'm not sure whether it was Tampa Raytion or Matt Moore, but I could have sworn I heard someone singing the great Smokey Robinson hit, More Love or as they now call it "Moore Love."

Moore, like he has been in his six starts since June 20, was particularly brilliant last night.

More love, more joy 
Than age or time could ever destroy 
My love will be so sound 
It would take about 100 lifetimes 
To live it down, wear it down, tear it down 

Moore tossed only the 10th complete game shutout by a visitor at Fenway since 2000, and only the eighth that went nine innings

Rk Player Date Tm Rslt App,Dec IP H BB SO Pit Str GSc
1 Matt Moore 2013-07-22 TBR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 1 4 109 74 86
2 Bartolo Colon 2013-04-23 OAK W 13-0 SHO7 ,W 7.0 3 1 7 94 67 77
3 Roy Halladay 2009-09-30 TOR W 12-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 2 6 100 68 85
4 Brett Anderson 2009-07-06 OAK W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 2 9 111 73 90
5 Felix Hernandez 2007-04-11 SEA W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 2 6 111 69 89
6 Kameron Loe 2006-05-12 TEX W 6-0 SHO5 ,W 5.0 5 1 4 82 49 60
7 Mike Mussina 2002-08-28 NYY W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 1 9 103 72 89
8 Mike Mussina 2001-09-02 NYY W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 13 116 85 98
9 James Baldwin 2000-05-09 CHW W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 1 8 102 71 88
10 Steve Trachsel 2000-05-06 TBD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 3 11 132 75 89
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/23/2013.

This is no fiction, this is no act 
This is real, it's a fact 
I'll always belong only to you 
Each day I'll be living to make sure I'm giving you... 

Since June 20

  • Moore is 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
  • Batters are just htting .143 against Moore.
  • Lefties are hitting .146, righties .141.
  • He's thrown 640 pitches, 398 for strikes.
  • Batters have swung at 281 pitches (43.9%) and missed on 84 (29.9%).
  • He's allowed 20 hits: 17 singles and three doubles.
  • He's struck out 44 and walked 17.
  • He's thrown 396 fastballs (61.9%) and batters are hitting .175.
  • He's thrown 137 changeups (21.4%) and batters are hitting .104.
  • He's thrown 107 sliders (16.7%) and batters are hitting .138.

More love, more joy 
Than age or time could ever destroy 
My love will be so sound 
It would take about 100 lifetimes 
To live it down, wear it down, tear it down 

It was scary for three games

Moore was 8-0 and then tossed a couple of no-decisions and then came three very scary games for the Rays love affair with Matt. 

  • From June 4 to 14, Moore went 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA.
  • Batters hit .448 against him, .444 against his fastball, .438 against the change-up, and .467 against the slider.
  • He threw 61.5% fastballs, 24.5% change-ups, 14% sliders, very close to what he has thrown during the hot streak. 

So, what's the difference?

This is no fiction, this is no act 
This is real, it's a fact 
I'll always belong only to you 
Each day I'll be living to make sure I'm giving you... 

You can see it by looking at the two heat maps and if you need further explanation, go see a realtor who can give you the best answer: Location, Location, Location.

So, what have we learned?

The bigger question to be answered is what has Moore learned?

It wasn't a difference in pitch speed:

  • During the slump Moore averaged a velocity of 88.4. His fastball was 92.1, his change was 83.9, his slider was 79.9.
  • During the hot streak, Moore has averaged a velocity of 88.8. His fastball was 92.7, his change was 83.8, his slider was 80.9.

As we grow older no need to fear 
When you need me I'll be here 
I'll be beside you every step of the way 
A heart that's truthful & keeping you youthful with... 

Moore has shown that at 24 years old, he is capable of making the necessary adjustments to his mechanics, to his psyche, to his performance, to succeed and he has done in mid-season. 

This is not to say that there won't be bumps on the road, but there is no question that Matt Moore is 14-3 and ready to go the distance not in just in games, but in the last months of the season, and undoubtedly in the postseason as well.

Listen to the Rays and their fans sing:

Moore love, moore joy 
Than age or time could ever destroy 

 

Monday
Jun102013

Matt Moore is Getting Hit. Hard. What Gives?

The Tampa Bay Rays are the team that every other team wants to be.

OK, maybe not this year judging by their spot in the standings (which shouldn't matter anyway because who knows what kind of tricks wacky Joe Maddon has up his sleeve. What? No one calls him that? So noted), but no other team in recent memory has had so much success while spending so little money. Maybe the Angels, Blue Jays and Dodgers should have been paying closer attention. 

High draft picks for a decade yielded a stockpile of top-shelf talent, all of which seemed to flood the big league team at the same time: Evan Longoria, David Price, the list goes on. 

Their latest and greatest minor league graduate wasn't a first round pick. But, judging by his "stuff," Matt Moore looks more like an overall first choice, then an eighth-round selection.

Matt Moore

After laying the groundwork for his legend with a stellar ALDS performance in 2011 against the Rangers, Moore put together a fine season in 2012. Nothing spectacular, but good for a rookie. Too many walks, a strikeout per inning, an ERA under 4.00, a good start.

Moore then came barreling through the gates in 2013, firing on all cylinders and rendering any hitter that stepped into the batter's box helpless. He posted a 5-0 record in April with a 1.13 ERA and a 10.7 K/9. He went 3-0 in May, but his ERA was nearly three times what his April marking had been. His K/9 also fell to 5.7 for that month. He was winning, but pitcher wins are silly, and his peripherals suggested that hitters were adjusting.

Or were they?

Matt Moore is a three-pitch pitcher (which is kind of necessary if you are going to be a successful major league starter). He relies mostly on his wicked fastball and wipeout slider. He has a change-up, but has always used that sparingly compared to the other two. And in the first two months of this season, Moore stayed with that approach. In June, well, not so much.

He used his change-up 14.4% of the time in April.

In May, he used it 15.6% of the time.

In June (over the super-duper small sample size of seven innings), he has used his change-up 25.3% of the time. He's still throwing his fastball more than 60% of the time, but his slider is the pitch that is getting shelfed in favor of his change-up. And hitters are teeing off on it. 

And by "teeing off," I mean "torching."

Hitters are posting a  .462 batting average against the pitch this month (which he has thrown 47 times already) and slugging a robust .615 against it. Probably because, well, he's throwing it too much. To illustrate how much the pitch is getting smacked around.

Here's a heat map of his changeup.

Yup. That's a lot of red.

Normally, Matt Moore's change-up is a decent out pitch. His slider is still his bread and butter though. Hitters hold a career OPS of .478 against that pitch. But a .674 OPS against on his change-up, is nothing to be ashamed of. It's just not a pitch that is meant to be thrown over and over and over and over...yeah, you get the point. 

So, Matt, Pedro Martinez you are not. If we hope to see your crazy, two-feet-of-movement fastball hang around in the big leagues for a long time to come, keep the change-up in your back pocket. For your sake, and for ours.

Wednesday
May222013

A Latos, Harvey, Moore Mat(t)ch-up 

In honor of the May 22nd Mat Latos / Matt Harvey match-up, I decided a quick look at those two plus Matt Moore's numbers this season would be fun.

Mat Latos

  • Latos is 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA and a 0.723 WHIP.
  • Batters are hitting .247 against Latos.
  • He's walked 15 and whiffed 51.
  • He's allowed six homers.
  • Batters have missed on 24% of their swings.
  • The avg. velocity of his fastball is 91.3 mph maxing out at 95.5.

 

Matt Harvey

  • Harvey is 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA and a 1.176 WHIP.
  • Batters are hitting .149 against Harvey.
  • He's walked 14 and whiffed 68.
  • He's allowed three homers.
  • Batters have missed on 28.4% of their swings.
  • The avg. velocity of his fastball is 94.7 mph maxing out at 98.9.

 

Matt Moore

  • Moore is 8-0 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP.
  • Batters are hitting .175 against Moore.
  • He's walked 26 and whiffed 54.
  • He's allowed seven homers.
  • Batters have missed on 24.1% of their swings.
  • The avg. velocity of his fastball is 92.4 mph maxing out at 95.1.