Matt Moore

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 4, Marlins 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: It was a shaky start for Matt Moore who gave up a double, a double, and then snagged a hard-hit groundball and promptly threw it into center field before retiring an out. Amazingly, he got out of that jam allowing just one run. He then retired 10 in a row before back-to-back 2-out singles in the 4th. He ultimately worked 7 innings and allowed just that 1 run on 7 hits. It wasn’t vintage Moore. He only had 3 strikeouts and had a ton of ground ball outs (11!). Of course, vintage Matt Moore would have struck out 11 and been pulled after 5 innings, so maybe this is better…How good has Mikie Mahtook been in September? He hit his 7th home run last night. Over his last 19 games he is 21-55 (.382) with 9 extra-base hits and 4 stolen bases. If there is a red flag it is that he still strikes out too much and doesn’t walk enough. But at this point it is hard to imagine he won’t be one of the top four outfielders in 2016. Assuming Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier are definitely in the mix, that leaves Desmond Jennings, Brandon Guyer, and Mahtook for the other two top spots. Is there a good reason to keep Jennings who will make more next season than the other four combined?…Brad Boxberger now has 39 saves, one short of the American League leader, Houston Street. If Boxberger can pick up 2 more saves in the final 5 games he will likely lead the AL as Street will miss the rest of the season with a groin injury. But dammit, Kevin Cash, stop using him so much in the 7th inning!

THE BAD: Kevin Kiermaier got credit for an assist on the first inning play where Matt Moore threw the ball into center field, Kiermaier then threw a ball (with his typical slice) that missed third base by 10 feet up the left field line. Luckily Evan Longoria came off the bag, grabbed the ball, and threw to second to get the batter trying to sneak into second base. Yet, Kiermaier gets credit for his 14th assist…9,150 attendance. That is the 10th games below 10,000 this season, 10 out of 76, 10 out of 75 if we ignore Opening Day. That’s 13.3% of all home games.

THE TELLING: Curt Casali is hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday for one final game…No word yet on whether or not Matt Moore will pitch in the season finale on Sunday…The Rays are now 76-81 and need to win their final 5 games to avoid a losing record.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Tom Jones on the 2015 Rays season: “Can’t really be considered much of a surprise.” [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin takes a look at next season’s pitching depth. [TampaBay.com]
  • Stuart Sternberg talks about Billy Bean’s impact on baseball’s inclusion initiative and his impact on team owners and presidents. [Fox Sports]
  • Is it OK for a reliever to call out a position player for lack of hustle? Mark DeRosa doesn’t think so. [BI Sports]
  • Ever wonder what a cream Rays jersey would look like? Me neither, but the MLB Shop is selling them anyway. [MLB Shop]

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  1. edward says:

    hey guess what , there was only 9,150 at the game last night, hmmmm less than half a week left in what has been a miserable season, last place , did we expect sells outs the rest of the way. Can't wait until next year to see what the attendance will be like than, but of course it will be in the paper , on line and on the radio. Oh well, it will hopefully be an interesting off season. GO RAYS !!!!!

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  2. Jason says:

    *Who would want to go to a game where the manager keeps trotting out an overrated defensive center fielder. All he does is run fast and he just happens to stick his glove out and the ball magically falls into it. I know I personally stay away from going to games because his throws constantly have a tail to it.

    *sarcasm*

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