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Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:10 pm
 
ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Who needs a triple play when you've got the left arm of the brilliant Matt Moore?

Who needs to bother worrying about needing to storm back from a 7-0 deficit when you've got a kid like him?

This time, the Tampa Bay Rays found another improbable avenue to victory: Making just the second big league start of his career, Moore led them there. He was brilliant in pitching seven shutout innings during Tampa Bay's 9-0 Game 1 Division Series romp over the stunned Rangers.

And suddenly, following the liftoff Moore gave them, the Rays have seized Texas' home-field advantage and, maybe even more impressive, carried their season-ending momentum straight into the playoffs after the emotional high of Wednesday night.

No other pitcher in major league history had started his team's first postseason game with just one big-league start under his belt. And Moore, 22, became the youngest AL pitcher to start Game 1 of the postseason since Oakland's Vida Blue in 1971.

The way he dominated one of the game's best lineups, you could have sworn that he cut his major-league teeth long ago. Same as his only other start, when he tamed the New York Yankees, shutting them out over five innings and fanning 11. Last pitcher that young to fan 10 or more Yankees in New York? Hal Newhouser of the Detroit Tigers in 1943.

This guy throws 97 m.p.h. with the ease of you and I playing catch. His curve is terrific. And manager Joe Maddon especially loves his changeup.

That's 17 strikeouts in 12 big-league innings so far against the Rangers and Yankees.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

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Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

nope Texas went up 2-0 last year

Thanks for clearing that up Cfish.   Wow JCAustin...........talk about not knowing what you type.  Anyway, its obvious you are a bitter Sox fan.  I can tell by your profile.  You have the celtics, patriots, bruins and wait for it................yankees as your favorite teams.   How did that happen?  I know, as soon as the sox lost, you change your profile didn't you?   The sox are still a storied franchise.     No need to drop your alliegence just because the sox missed the playoffs.   A Boston fan loving the yankees??????...............yea right.

 

 




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

nope Texas went up 2-0 last year



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

Funny how no one really is giving the Rays or the Cards a chance this postseason, yet both seem to have the best chemistry...best karma going right now.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

Yeah, I'm sure after dishing out a 9-0 spanking the Rays ran into the club house and said, "Gee, we won the first 2 games last year and lost the next 3." Post something meaningful next time or go pour yourself another. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

Didn't Tampa win Games 1 & 2 last year in Texas before losing 3 in a row?
I'm sure that's on both teams' minds right now.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

2nd major league start!WOW! whats he gonna do on his 3rd? a perfect game?
good job Rays!



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Rays carry season-end momentum into Game 1 win

Love this kid!! That's why I drafted him and signed him long term! WTG Moore.


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