The same thing pops into everyone’s minds when we think about a number one starter: a dominant ace that will put his team on the back and do everything he can to lead them to victory. This afternoon will mark Matt Moore‘s second career start in Game 1 of the ALDS, but his current state goes squarely against what a Game 1 starter should be. He has the potential, the dominant fastball and the curveball and changeup that gives hitters fits, but his command comes and goes, and he cam go from dominant to emminently hittable in the blink of an eye. Someday, the Rays believe Matt Moore can be an ace. But despite his 17-4 record and 3.29 ERA this season, that pint still has not come. However, starting him in a game like this could spur him to get there.
One Game 1 start can be a fluke. Two has to mean something. The Rays are set to begin a playoff series, and once again, they turn to Matt Moore. Moore has to be feeling exhilarated. He will be locked in mentally, and if that comes along with him being locked in command-wise, the Red Sox don’t stand a chance. Matt Moore may not be that true number one starter yet. But he has the ability to pitch like one in any given outing, and that could happen this afternoon. David Price goes tomorrow. But right now it’s Matt Moore’s time and let’s see what he can do.