Matt Moore winning and dominating in his first four starts is really the stuff Rays fans rightly fantasized about this offseason. Moore had the big late-season/playoff splash in 2011, struggled through a decent rookie campaign last year, and now he’s on fire.
But this is how it was supposed to be. Moore was destined by the lefty baseball gods to follow the David Price path and break out in this his third season with the big club.
Making it extra special is Moore’s history of starting slowly. Tonight’s 2-hitter, a 5-1 Rays win against the Yanks, sent Moore’s April ERA down to 1.04. Even spotted a four-run lead in the first inning, he stayed out of trouble, continuing to conquer his past demons.
So often throughout baseball history stars seem to magically align for players or teams in a given season, and while Joe’s still playing wait-and-see with the Rays overall, it’s impossible not to keep dreaming about what Moore might accomplish. If Jim Hickey can keep Moore confident and focuses, there’s really no limit.