If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true. Many did not. If we can get a couple of more this year, the Rays might just win it all.
Without further ado…
On the ninth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, NINE STARTS FOR MATT MOORE BEFORE THE ALL-STAR BREAK…
This one is simple. The Rays have at least eight Big League starting pitchers. So if the Rays want Matt Moore to work on a couple of things and ease him into the rotation, that’s cool. But if the Rays are serious about fielding the best possible 25-man roster in 2012, then Moore needs to be in the majors sooner, rather than later.
Typically, a team will go through the rotation 17-18 times in the 12 weeks before the break. That means if Moore is to get at least nine starts, he needs to be back up by the middle of May.
Andrew Friedman made a point to say that Moore is not guaranteed a spot in the rotation, despite his new contract. But in the end, a Rays rotation is better with Moore than without.
So give him a few starts in Durham and then bring him back for good. We can live with that.