16 Days Until Camp Opens
With less than a calendar month to go before baseball begins to smell new again we wanted to spend each day going through some of the best performances in 2016. Using game WPA for 15 starting pitcher and hitter performances we hope to be able to take you on a trip down memory lane each day.
We’re getting a lot closer now with just over two weeks to go until a virtually meaningless milestone that indicates we still have over a month until real baseball. Yay! We’re getting closer, at least. Today’s entry looks at Matt Moore’s thoroughly dominating start on June 12 against the Houston Astros. Believe it or not the Rays actually had a better record to this point in the season than the Astros who would go down to the wire before being denied entry to the post-season. In this magical time before the team went 3-24 over a month there was still hope, and beating good teams like the Astros increased that hope. The Rays just didn’t beat them, either, they whooped ’em. A lot of that was due to the stellar performance from Matt Moore.
Moore went seven full innings with ten strikeouts to one walk and yielded a mere two singles. Days like this are why the San Francisco Giants paid such a high price to bring the imminently affordable Moore into their nest. Despite coming into the game with an ERA of 5.56 with close to two homers per nine innings, Moore was able to showcase just how dominant he can be when all of his pitches are working. Here’s some cool highlights of everything except Matt Moore pitching well: