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DRaysBay Apr 17, 2018
Rays 1, Rangers 7: The Past, Present, and Future colided tonight

Rays 1, Rangers 7: The Past, Present, and Future colided tonight

Texas and the Past-Future won this time. I don’t think Matt Moore was ever The Present for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2011, when he dominated the minor leagues and then came up at the end of the season to give us that most tantalizing of glimpses, he was very much The Future. The followup, his rookie 2012 season, was his best year as a Ray. We didn’t know that at the time. We expected much more. He remained The Future. Blink and The Future disappears. The velocity on its fastball steps inexoribly down. It walks too many batters. When it goes on the disabled list, you’re not even...
SportsDay Apr 17, 2018
Building confidence: Matt Moore snaps long winless streak as Rangers top Rays

Building confidence: Matt Moore snaps long winless streak as Rangers top Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers left-hander Matt Moore earned on Tuesday night what he has needed for a while.The positive reinforcement of a win. The W.For a starting pitcher, there is nothing better. For a starting pitcher who has been knocked around for more than a year, a win is invaluable.Moore, in command throughout, shut down Tampa Bay for seven innings during a 7-2 victory at Tropicana Field. The Rays ran out a lineup that had five homers and 23 RBIs for the season, but much of that group tore up Rangers left-hander Martin Perez on Monday.It was Moore's first win in four starts this...
Lone Star Ball Apr 17, 2018
7-12 - Rangers finally achieve an easy victory, trample Rays 7-2

7-12 - Rangers finally achieve an easy victory, trample Rays 7-2

For once it was the Rangers easily beating their opponent Pretty much everyone contributed for the Rangers tonight as the young, fill-in lineup put seven runs on the board and even Matt Moore looked like a good Major League pitcher. Can’t complain about this one. What a difference playing a team that is maybe even worse than you makes, I guess! Player(s) of the Game: Moore went seven strong and allowed only an unearned run while striking out six and walking just two batters. However, it’s hard to ignore Isiah Kiner-Falefa collecting four hits in his five at-bats in just his sixth game...
DRaysBay Apr 17, 2018
Game 17 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers

Game 17 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers

Starting Pitchers Yonny Chirinos vs Matt Moore I wrote about Chirinos’s opportunity tonight to claim a rotation spot for his own here. Matt Moore Scouting Report Matt Moore is not who he once was, but as happens with all aging pitchers, he’s just different now. Moore is 0-3 on the season after his most recent loss against the Angels last Wednesday, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings while striking out two. Arriving at the Rangers via trade from the Giants (along side international spending money), SF needed to move on from Moore due to roster crunch...
Lone Star Ball Apr 17, 2018
Texas Rangers Tuesday lineup

Texas Rangers Tuesday lineup

Jurickson Profar is still out, so Isiah Kiner-Falefa is at shortstop today, and Drew Robinson at second base The Texas Rangers look to bounce back today from yesterday’s train wreck of a game, and will be doing so without Jurickson Profar, who is still out of the lineup after yesterday’s nasty spill that has him in MLB’s concussion protocol. The lineup: Choo — DH Kiner-Falefa -- SS Mazara -- RF Beltre — 3B Gallo — LF Guzman -- 1B Centeno -- C Robinson -- 2B Tocci — CF Matt Moore gets the start for Texas.
SportsDay Apr 16, 2018
Tuesday's pitching matchup: Matt Moore faces

Tuesday's pitching matchup: Matt Moore faces "Bullpen Game''

On deckTuesday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER LHP MATT MOORE (0-3, 8.76) faces his original team for the first time since being traded away in 2016. Moore has lost 14 of his last 18 decisions. Moore is using the four-seam fastball more often this season, but the average velocity is down to a career-low 91.4 mph, according to fangraphs.com.LOVES TO FACE: Adeiny Hechavarria is 0 for 8 lifetime against Moore.HATES TO FACE: Left-handed batters. They are hitting 371 with a 1.050 OPS against Moore since opening day 2017.TAMPA BAY STARTER RHP YONNY CHIRINOS (0-0, 0.00) is among six relievers to...
DRaysBay Apr 16, 2018
Series Preview: Matt Moore comes home

Series Preview: Matt Moore comes home

Several familiar faces will be back in the Trop. Well, that series against the Philadelphia Phillies was much how I remembered the 2008 World Series — minus the monsoon. Next the Tampa Bay Rays take on Matt Moore and the Texas Rangers. The Rays have lost four in a row as part of a 3-12 disappointing start to the season. When it seemed things couldn’t get worse, the Rays got news that Kevin Kiermaier will miss the next two to three months. The Rangers come in with a 6-11 record, but are coming off winning two in a row against the defending champion Houston Astros. The Matchups: Monday...
Lone Star Ball Apr 11, 2018
Texas Rangers Wednesday lineup has the usual group

Texas Rangers Wednesday lineup has the usual group

Jeff Banister is sticking with the normal position players for today’s game against Anaheim The Rangers look to salvage the series finale against the Angels today, and, not unexpectedly, Jeff Banister is going with his regular position players. Given the state of the bench, which currently consists of Juan Centeno, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Carlos Tocci, I’m not expecting the regulars to get many days off for the next few weeks. The lineup: Choo — DH Profar — 2B Elvis -- SS Beltre -- 3B Mazara — RF Gallo — 1B Chirinos -- C Robinson -- CF Rua — LF Matt Moore is on the mound for...
SportsDay Apr 10, 2018
Wednesday's pitching matchup: Rangers face rookie making debut

Wednesday's pitching matchup: Rangers face rookie making debut

On deckWednesday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 11.05) is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA for five career starts against the Angels. Moore has lost 13 of his last 17 decisions. In two starts this season, Moore has worked a total of 7 1/3 innings and allowed 16 base-runners.LOVES TO FACE: Albert Pujols is 2 for 12 lifetime against Moore.HATES TO FACE: Rene Rivera has two homers in five career at-bats against Moore.LOS ANGELES ANGELS RHP Jaime Barria (MLB debut) pitched at the top three levels of the system last season and is considered the organization's top pitching prospect....
Lone Star Ball Apr 7, 2018
Tony Barnette, Matt Moore, and the Texas Rangers roster situation

Tony Barnette, Matt Moore, and the Texas Rangers roster situation

Some thoughts on Matt Moore’s struggles and Tony Barnette’s imminent return Matt Moore, Texas Rangers starting pitcher and former top prospect, was awful yesterday, the second time in two starts he’s been bad. Tony Barnette, Texas Rangers relief pitcher, appears due to return from the disabled list on Sunday. And I find myself wondering if Moore could be bumped from the roster to make room for Barnette. To be clear, I don’t think that Moore is going to be flat released at this point. The Rangers think enough of his ability that they acquired him this offseason and agreed to pay...
Lone Star Ball Apr 7, 2018
Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Saturday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... The Texas Rangers lost by a score of 8-5 last night. Levi Weaver’s game story talks about the Rangers’ late comeback falling short. Stefan Stevenson’s game story wonders whether Matt Moore is in danger of losing his rotation spot to Bartolo Colon. Stevenson also has his Rangers Reaction from last night’s game. The DMN’s game story highlights Adrian Beltre moving up the all time hit list. Yesterday the Rangers traded minor league catcher Brett Nicholas to the San Diego Padres for cash considerations or a player to be...
SportsDay Apr 7, 2018
Adrian Beltre moving up the hit ladder was the sole highlight as Rangers, Matt Moore get rocked by Blue Jays

Adrian Beltre moving up the hit ladder was the sole highlight as Rangers, Matt Moore get rocked by Blue Jays

ARLINGTON -- The extra day of rest didn't help Matt Moore much in his second career start for the Rangers. The veteran left-hander whom Texas traded for in December allowed six runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings Friday night in an 8-5 loss to Toronto."There's too many good pitches with two strikes getting hit," said Moore, who dropped to 0-2. "In general, it's overall command, but I think the little things in your mechanics are what lead up to that thought process. I did feel better today, so I'm trying to be as positive as I can. It's the second start -- hopefully that's of 33 or...
Lone Star Ball Apr 6, 2018
Friday Texas Rangers lineup

Friday Texas Rangers lineup

Today’s Rangers lineup has the usual suspects in the usual order The Texas Rangers start a three game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, and their starting lineup is the group that is, while Delino DeShields is on the shelf, the usual group in the usual order. Today’s lineup: Choo — DH Gallo — 1B Elvis -- SS Beltre — 3B Mazara -- RF Chirinos -- C Odor — 2B Rua -- LF Robinson — CF Matt Moore makes his second start as a Ranger.
SportsDay Apr 5, 2018
Friday's pitching matchup: Moore tries to bounce back for Rangers

Friday's pitching matchup: Moore tries to bounce back for Rangers

On deckFriday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER LHP MATT MOORE (0-1, 9.00) is 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA for 10 career starts against Toronto. Moore has lost 12 of his last 16 decisions. Moore gave up four runs in four innings during a loss to Houston on Saturday. The Astros' right-handed hitters were 6 for 17 against Moore.LOVES TO FACE: Justin Smoak is 1 for 11 lifetime against Moore.HATES TO FACE: Russell Martin has two homers and six RBIs in nine career at-bats against Moore.TORONTO STARTER RHP MARCO ESTRADA (0-0, 3.86) was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA for two starts against the Rangers last season....
Lone Star Ball Mar 31, 2018
Thoughts on a 9-3 Rangers loss

Thoughts on a 9-3 Rangers loss

Astros 9, Rangers 3 Astros 9, Rangers 3 Coming into the season, I felt like Martin Perez and Cole Hamels would be fine, and Mike Minor would be good, assuming he could handle the workload for a starting pitcher. That left Matt Moore and Doug Fister, and...well, if one of those two were okay, then I could live with that. Coming out of camp, the reports on Fister were positive, and the reports on Moore were not. So Moore got his first start of the season today, and made it through only four innings. The plus side was that he fanned 6 Astros, without walking anyone. The down side was...

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