Joe is back with his postgame thoughts… 

Joe just cannot believe how dominant Rays starter Matt Moore was tonight. Does the name Steve Carlton ring a bell? The Rays super southpaw and All Star simply locked up the Blow Sux to pull the Rays within a half-game of first place as the Rays continue to play excellent baseball in the month of July.

Only the lowly AAAstros have handed the Rays a loss this month; two in fact. In short, the Rays are on a historic roll here. The Rays have won 6 straight, 14 of 15, 18 of 20, and 21 of 25.

The 3-0 win was Moore’s first complete-game shutout. It was only the second time the Rays have fired a shutout at Fenway. Steve Trachsel was the last to toss a complete-game shutout in May 2000.

Moore is only fifth pitcher in two decades to throw two-hit shutout as a Fenway Park opponent.

Damn, this is fun, especially when Moore looked like the second coming of Carlton.



  1. Burn H. says:

    All Hail Matt Moore!!!! In his post game interview, he sounded as though the whole staff had bought into the David Price method of pitching a game, Pound the Zone....

  2. Chris D says:

    Is it too early to start the Matt Moore Cy Young watch?

  3. Rob says:

    Barring injury, he's got a out 12 starts left and only 6 wins needed to reach 20. That's definitely Cy Young territory.

  4. Tyler says:

    Was actually at the game here in Boston, was electric! Good thing I had standing room only seats because I wouldn't have been able to sit down anyways.

  5. tampabayjack says:

    LOL Tyler...Exciting times for Ray's fans.

  6. Allen says:

    Man oh man, I missed seeing this one. Comparing Matt Moore to Steve Carlton is quite a compliment. I watched Carlton pitch numerous times on television. He was one of those great dominating pitchers.

    I wish we knew what kind of pitch counts those guys had because one season Carlton had 30 compete games and pitched 346 innings. He struck out 310. His career lasted 24 years.

    Could we end up with multiple dominatingj pitchers on this Rays team? Don't we wish we could and also could keep them on the team year after year. Money is the problem.

  7. TOM says:

    Don't get to excited. Hernandez pitches tonight.


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