April 20, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore (55) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tonight is the Night for Matt Moore

Matt Moore is too good to be going through this. Moore came at the end of 2011 for the Rays and absolutely dominated. And we have still seen that every time he has taken the mound. In his last four starts, Moore has struck out 23 in 19.2 innings. But he has walked 10 and also allowed 23 hits including 3 home runs thanks to just a 17-40 groundball to flyball ratio. It’s pretty clear what Moore’s problems have been: command and control. Moore’s fastball has forced swings-and-misses 11.06% of the time according to Brooks Baseball, which you can compare to the 6.64% MLB average for fastballs in 2011. Overall, 19% of his strikes have been striking strikes, putting him 6th in the American League, just ahead of a couple of guys named CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander. Moore is getting swings-and-misses galore. His command has just been off all season. But all things, good or bad, must come to an end. Tonight, Moore will finally have his command. And the results will be spectacular. Watch out Red Sox. Tonight, Moore will show you and everyone across America why he was so highly-regarded entering this season.

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