Matt Moore
Matt Moore
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Moore followed up his solid 2016 Giants debut by posting the highest ERA (5.52) of any qualified starter in 2017. Widely considered baseball's top prospect earlier this decade, the enigmatic southpaw has improved his control but, despite a decent 8.2 career K/9, struggles to work confidently around the plate. He lost 1.4 mph off his four-seam fastball last year, showed faulty mechanics and leaned too heavily on an ineffective cutter. Left-handers peppered the southpaw to a .438 wOBA and an 18.6 HR/FB. Despite these setbacks, he may only need tweaks to his delivery to rediscover his old promise, and as a penny stock, he still has a chance to rebound. The 28-year-old would have been a better dice roll had he remained in the National League and pitcher-friendly AT&T Park and not been dealt to the Rangers and hitter-leaning Globe Life Park in December. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $14 million contract with the Rays in December of 2011. Contract includes a $9 million team option and $1 million buyout for 2018.
Gives team innings Saturday
PTexas Rangers
July 8, 2018
Moore allowed two hits and four walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings of relief in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Tigers.
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The left-hander entered this one early when Cole Hamels was chased after giving up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. Since being yanked from the starting rotation, Moore has pitched mostly as a long reliever. He's allowed five runs on nine hits and six walks while striking out 13 over 12.2 innings, spanning five appearances. In four of those five outings, Moore has pitched at least two innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .302 464 86 36 126 18 5 17
Since 2016vs Right .265 1616 322 142 383 87 7 53
2018vs Left .307 82 11 5 23 4 0 4
2018vs Right .310 370 71 34 102 32 2 14
2017vs Left .363 196 33 18 62 11 4 8
2017vs Right .258 594 115 49 138 33 5 19
2016vs Left .240 186 42 13 41 3 1 5
2016vs Right .246 652 136 59 143 22 0 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.61 1.34 261.2 15 19 0 7.5 2.8 1.2
Since 2016Away 6.00 1.61 208.1 7 15 0 8.2 4.2 1.5
2018Home 8.12 1.78 51.0 2 5 0 5.6 3.2 1.6
2018Away 5.83 1.58 46.1 1 2 0 9.7 4.1 1.7
2017Home 4.21 1.35 98.1 4 9 0 7.7 2.8 1.2
2017Away 7.22 1.76 76.0 2 6 0 7.6 4.3 1.7
2016Home 3.36 1.13 112.1 9 5 0 8.3 2.6 1.0
2016Away 5.02 1.50 86.0 4 7 0 7.8 4.2 1.3
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How does Matt Moore compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.10
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
7.03
 
WHIP
1.68
 
BABIP
.357
 
GB/FB
1.02
 
Strand %
60.3%
 
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In an unsurprising move, Moore had his $7 million option activated by the Giants this offseason after the club traded for him at the deadline, locking him in as the Giants' third or fourth starter to begin the 2017 season. The southpaw's 2016 results were fairly average when you look at his 4.08 ERA, 1.13 HR/9 and a 2.47 K/BB ratio. His league-average ERA does not tell the whole story as there were plenty of peaks and troughs throughout the year, with monthly ERAs ranging from 2.41 to 7.36 over 198.1 innings. His home and away splits stick out as well with a 3.36 home ERA and a 5.02 mark on the road. Pitching a full season with San Francisco should slightly improve his home numbers and his ERA as a whole. His strikeouts (8.1 K/9 last year) do give him a slight edge over other 4.00 ERA pitchers in his tier.
It was a tale of two seasons for Moore in 2015. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery that took place in mid-April of 2014 and wanted to be back in the majors in a bad way in June. The Rays didn’t bring him back until July and in six starts, Moore was beaten up badly with a 8.78 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP with batters hitting .372/.439/.549 against him. The team sent Moore back to Triple-A Durham until rosters expanded in September. Moore made six more starts to end the season and looked like the Moore of old with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and struck out 20 percent of the batters he faced while walking seven percent. Before the demotion, Moore’s stuff was flat and rolling up to the nitro zone of batters whereas his stuff had its old zip and his secondary pitches were competitive over the final six starts. He’s a perfect candidate for the “last year’s trash; this year’s treasure” theory in 2016.
Moore’s season lasted just two games, as he walked off the mound in Kansas City in early April with what the team hoped was just forearm tightness. In fact, he had torn his UCL and was done for the season. Given the Rays’ traditional conservative ways, it is unlikely Moore retakes the mound in Tampa Bay before Father's Day. When pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery, the control of their pitches is usually the last thing that comes back and that’s not good for a pitcher whose walk rate was already below average. He is not going to get 20 starts in 2015 and the starts he does get are not likely to be smooth in the early going. Mixed league players would be wise to let others take the chance on the name while those in AL-only leagues should look for Moore in the endgame.
In his second full season as a starter with the Rays, Moore launched forward as one of the top left-handers in the American League. He finished the season with a 17-4 record and a 3.29 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star game. He missed August with soreness in his throwing elbow, but was able to come back strong in September and the postseason. His fastball velocity was lower in 2013, but he still dealt with walk problems and led the major leagues in wild pitches. He has a respectable 8.6 K/9 rate and he locked down when runners were in scoring position, only allowing hitters to manage .200/.299/.282 in that situation. Though it may be difficult to repeat the incredible winning percentage, the 24-year-old Moore will be one of the top starters for the Rays and he will be a player to target on draft day.
Many expected Moore to be a Rookie of the Year candidate after his late season heroics for Tampa Bay in 2011 that included a spot in the postseason rotation. Tampa Bay was so confident in his future that they signed him to a five-year, $15 million contract extension to buy out his arbitration years before the season began. Moore struggled with a 4.76 ERA and 4.5 BB/9 in his first 10 starts which ended most of his rookie hoopla. However, he made adjustments and improved his slider, which led him to post a 3.36 ERA and 117:53 K:BB ratio in 120.2 innings after May 28. The lefty's big fastball hovers in the mid-90s and is mixed with a solid slider and changeup that give him big potential to be a future strikeout champ. If he can build on his second half and avoid the free passes that plagued his first half, Moore has a chance to live up to last year's preseason hype and become one of the top starters in the AL.
Moore started the season at Double-A Montgomery where he dominated the Southern League, including the first no-hitter in the league since Tommy Hanson's. Moore was even better after his July promotion to Triple-A Durham where he sported a 1.37 ERA over nine starts (52.2 innings) with a 79:18 K:BB rate. Moore received his first major league start against the Yankees in the Bronx in September and tossed five scoreless innings, striking out 11 for his first win. Moore went on to pitch Game 1 of the ALDS and threw seven shutout innings in Arlington against the Rangers as the Rays won 9-0. The big question heading into this season is where Moore fits in the Rays' plans. Conventional wisdom would say he'd have a spot in the rotation, even if the Rays go with a six-man rotation. A trade of one of the returning five starters would help clear up this picture and a spot in the rotation would likely make him the front-runner for ROY in the American League. He signed a five-year, $15 million contract in December, so the Rays may have already tipped their hand he'll be in the starting rotation in April. Don't be afraid to be aggressive in drafting the him, the sky is the limit.
After a slow start at High-A Charlotte, Moore not only figured things out, he had one of the best seasons for a minor league pitcher in 2010. Over the first half of the season he had a 6.08 ERA and struck out 78 batters in 60.2 innings. The second half was a complete 180, as he held a 1.39 ERA while striking out 130 over 84 innings (a 13.9 K/9IP mark). Moore was the first minor leaguer to eclipse 200-strikeout mark in the last five years (when some guy named Francisco Liriano did it). Moore will likely begin the season at Double-A Montgomery and should make it to Durham by season's end. Grab him if your keeper league has a minor league system and look for him to be with the Rays by mid-to-late 2012.
Moore might be the next big pitching arm to come up through the Rays' farm system. He struck out a whopping 176 batters in only 123 innings for Low-A Bowling Green. He'll likely start the year at High-A Charlotte and is a nice late pick in leagues with deep minor league reserves.
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Shifted to bullpen
PTexas Rangers
June 13, 2018
Moore has been removed from the starting rotation and shifted to a bullpen role, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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May have start skipped
PTexas Rangers
June 12, 2018
Manager Jeff Banister reported Tuesday that Moore may not make his next turn through the rotation, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Lasts only three innings
PTexas Rangers
June 10, 2018
Moore allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk while failing to register a strikeout across three innings Sunday against the Astros. He did not factor into the decision.
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Quality start in no-decision
PTexas Rangers
June 5, 2018
Moore did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Athletics, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over six innings.
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Breaks down in fourth inning of no-decision
PTexas Rangers
May 31, 2018
Moore allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts through 5.1 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against Seattle.
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