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Matt Moore | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 8 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.
Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017. Jun 30 - 10:27 AM

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Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week.
Jun 29 - 3:13 PM

Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5.
Jun 24 - 10:33 PM

Matt Moore allowed two runs over six innings against the Giants on Saturday.

Moore gave up six hits and walked two, striking out five in the no-decision. He actually left in line for his fourth win before the Giants came back to tie the game and eventually win. It doesn't take away from the fact that Moore has now turned in two good starts in a row to bring his ERA back below 5.00. Moore will continue working on his 4.90 ERA and 1.38 WHIP Friday at the Orioles.
Jun 18 - 10:40 PM

Matt Moore pitched marvelously in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Astros, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings.

This was Moore's second start of the season with double-digit strikeouts. He threw 114 pitches (79 strikes) over his seven innings of work. Entering Sunday's start, the 26-year-old southpaw had allowed at least four runs in four of his last five outings. For the season, he owns a 5.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 73/23 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. A home start against the Giants awaits him next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 12 - 4:17 PM

Matt Moore felt the burn in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering five runs on seven hits over seven innings.

All five of the runs on Moore's line came to the plate via a pair of home runs. Jake Lamb clocked a three-run shot in the fourth inning and Paul Goldschmidt uncoiled for a two-run shot in the sixth. Moore struck out three and walked one on the evening. In 12 starts, the 26-year-old southpaw has allowed at least four runs five times and has coughed up 14 gopher balls. For the season as a whole, he holds an unfortunate 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 63/22 K/BB ratio across 69 2/3 innings. A home start against the Mariners awaits him next time he trudges to the mound.
Jun 7 - 11:57 PM

Matt Moore allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Thursday.

Moore also walked two while striking out four. One of the home runs was of the fluky inside-the-park variety, but the other was a frozen rope over the left field wall off the bat of Brian Dozier. Moore has now given up 12 home runs in 11 starts, a disconcerting trend, certainly. The southpaw will carry a 5.46 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup with a good Diamondbacks offense.
Jun 3 - 1:29 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Rays would listen to trade offers for Matt Moore "in the type of deal that would bring back a major league player and a good minor league piece."

Cafardo was told that the Rays aren't anxious to deal from their rotation depth for a hitter but will consider it for the aforementioned package. Moore has been inconsistent this season, posting a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He remains an intriguing guy, though, and his contract is appealing with three club options totaling $26.5 million the next three years.
Source: Boston Globe
May 29 - 10:20 AM

Matt Moore struck out seven while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Yankees on Saturday.

Moore gave up eight hits and walked three, so he's not quite out of the woods yet, but it was a step in the right direction in what has been a tough year thus far. Moore hadn't struck out seven in a game in more than a month, and the quality start was also his first since April 27. Moore moved to 2-3 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, and he'll try to carry some momentum into Thursday's start at the Twins.
May 28 - 7:37 PM

Matt Moore was touched up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over five frames in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

The Rays gave Moore a couple extra days of rest before this outing, but it didn't help. The left-hander's downward spiral after a promising start continues, and he now is looking at an ERA sitting at a season-high 5.47. Moore probably can't afford many other slip-ups before the Rays consider making a change in their rotation. He'll face the Yankees next.
May 23 - 11:16 PM

Matt Moore's next start will be Monday in Miami.

This will allow the struggling left-hander two additional days of rest, and it also pits him against the Marlins instead of the right-handed sluggers of Detroit. Moore showed promise in the early going this season, but he's had a tough time reaching the fifth inning lately and owns a 5.09 ERA in eight total starts for the year. "It's not the easy thing to do, to make adjustments in season," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We had an opportunity to do it with this off day (Thursday), so we jumped on it."
May 18 - 9:49 AM

Matt Moore couldn't find his groove in earning a no-decision against the A's on Sunday, yielding four runs on seven hits over five innings.

Moore pitched well in stretches, but made several costly mistakes to Danny Valencia. Valencia whacked a solo home run off him in the first inning and followed that up with a two-run shot in the fifth to account for three of the four runs on Moore's line. He struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The 26-year-old southpaw will carry a tough 5.09 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 46/15 K/BB ratio (46 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Tigers.
May 15 - 4:18 PM

Matt Moore lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision Monday against the Mariners.

Moore had a little trouble bouncing back from his last start and worked on five days' rest tonight. Perhaps he needs a bit longer of a break this time. He's flashed good stuff this year, but it's possible he's not ready to throw 200 innings in his second year back from Tommy John surgery.
May 10 - 3:17 AM

Matt Moore will have his next scheduled start pushed back until Monday.

Moore looked a bit fatigued as he got pounded by the Dodgers on Tuesday which prompted the Rays to consider skipping his start on Sunday. They'll simply give him an extra day of rest instead in the hopes that he bounces back strong.
May 6 - 8:49 PM

Matt Moore could be skipped on his next turn through the Rays' rotation.

Moore got pounded for seven runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers and the Rays face a lefty-mashing team this weekend in the Angels. It might be a good time to get the 26-year-old southpaw a breather. Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez could fill in versus Anaheim.
May 5 - 9:01 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Ryan Garton
8Dana Eveland
9Danny Farquhar