Tuesday, April 23, 2013
2013: The Year of the Matts
By Mark Simon
Kim Klement/USA Today Sports
Matt Moore earned recognition for his performance Monday.
Matt Harvey has some company, both in name and in game.
Matt Moore’s numbers, other than a walk rate that’s a little high, are a near-match for Harvey’s through his first four starts of the season.
Moore, who has managed to be effectively wild through the start of the season was much more effective than wild in his win over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
How He Won
Moore had a few things going for him in shutting down the Yankees.
He retired 15 of the 16 right-handed hitters he faced, allowing only one walk. Righties are 4-for-55, albeit with 10 walks against Moore this season.
He jammed hitters effectively. Moore got 11 outs with pitches on the inner-third of the plate, or off the inside corner
He averaged a season-best 92.7 MPH with his fastball and had his best control of the season with the pitch (65 percent strikes). He then used his changeup as his out pitch. He threw 16 of them (12 for strikes) and they netted seven outs, with no baserunners allowed.
Meet the Matts
The two get it done in different ways, but Harvey and Moore have both been very impressive this season.
Harvey’s numbers are better than Moore’s in a number of regards, but if you stack the two up in a couple of categories, they come up pretty close.
We’ve done so in the chart on the right.
Moore’s biggest issue up until Monday was his inability to go deep into a game. His eight innings against the Yankees matched a career high.
Moore can count himself fortunate for the run support. The Rays had actually lost three of their last five games in which their starter went at least eight innings and allowed two hits or fewer.
Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Night
Moore is the first pitcher age 23-or-younger to go 4-0 with an ERA of 1.10 in his first four starts of the season since Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Fernando Valenzuela did so in 1981