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Does Matt Moore Have Another Comeback Left?

September 26, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Does Matt Moore Have Another Comeback Left?
Matt Moore teased us with two superb starts for the Detroit Tigers.
Matt Moore looked really good this season… for a minute. (Carlos Osorio, AP)

Just over two years ago, we wrote about the disintegration of Matt Moore, yet he’s still hanging around in the bigs.

In retrospect, the Giants must regret trading for him at the 2016 deadline. They gave up Matt Duffy to land Moore and since then, Duffy has posted a WAR of 2.5 for the Rays; Moore managed 0.6 in his season and a half in San Francisco. This is yet another example of how Tampa Bay competes with a shoestring budget

Things went from bad in 2017 to worse in 2018 as he dealt with a career-high ERA and lost his rotation spot, moving to the bullpen for the first time. Moore continued to be wild as his ERA was below league average for the fourth straight year.

Sure, his FIP suggested he was unlucky, but at 5.25, it wasn’t exactly screaming “hey, I’m actually good” either. To top it off, Moore’s command worsened.

After the season, he became a free agent, signing a one-year contract with the Tigers, who actually went out and inked a few veterans this winter. Despite an inconsistent spring (see video below), Moore emerged from camp as the No. 5 starter.

Shockingly, he got off to an amazing start, pitching shutout ball in each of his first two starts and looking damn good doing so (10 IP, three hits, one walk, nine strikeouts).

Then, not so shockingly, Moore got hurt, suffering a knee injury that cost him the remainder of the season, part of a wave of injuries to the Tiger rotation that certainly helped facilitate such as an awful season in Detroit.

So what are we to make of two solid starts? Was this the start of a legitimate comeback or simply an aberration?

Hell, if Moore could have somehow maintained his early pace, he would have been a top 10 starter. But we’re pretty damn sure that he isn’t suddenly that good. For what it’s worth, in his season debut, Moore’s velocity was up from what it was at the end of 2018, but it dropped in his second outing before he had to come out with the knee injury.

After all, in looking at similar players on Baseball-Reference, we see that Moore compares quite favourably to Allen Watson, a first round pick of the Cardinals in 1991 who wound up winning 51 games over an eight-year career. Of course, Watson’s best season was in 1999 when he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. So that’s not exactly the most promising portent for what will become of Moore.

Moore will be an unrestricted free agent again this fall, and it will be fascinating to see if anyone offers him a major league contract based on how he teased us this year. More fascinating yet will be seeing if he has yet another comeback in his left arm. Hell, he’s still only 30 years old.

So who knows? Perhaps Moore still has a bit of Fantasy value left in the tank.

We’ll be paying attention this winter to see if and where he signs, and how things look for him at Spring Training 2020.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you think Matt Moore will fare in 2020.

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The Disintegration of Matt Moore

August 9, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Disintegration of Matt Moore
Moore was shelled again on Monday by the Cubs, and other than a nice five-start stretch in May, he’s been rancid all year long, and pretty much a very tough Fantasy play in anything but an NL-only format.
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2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

April 15, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off on 2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings
While it’s true that he is human and will occasionally turn a situation sticky, he remains perfect in save chances early on this year. Okay, so if you want to call his ERA rising two-tenths of a run last year alarming, go ahead. You’re probably also a germaphobe. There aren’t many hurlers that can blow hitters away with such ease as Kimbrel can. Let’s see… 900 hitters have now faced him since he arrived in the majors and he’s struck out 392 of them (44 per cent). What do you think? Kimbrel has been the clear No. 1 on this list for a couple of years now and considering how tough it is to take him yard, we don’t see him going anywhere as long as he’s healthy.
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