Matt Moore
Matt Moore
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Detroit Tigers
60-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moore's ERA climbed for the second straight season, soaring all the way up to 6.79. He was removed from the Rangers' rotation in early June. After recording a horrendous 8.02 ERA as a starter, he did at least improve out of the bullpen, but he wasn't exactly good in relief (5.36 ERA). Moore landed with the Tigers, a team desperate for anyone to eat innings, which should give him a more secure rotation spot than he probably deserves. Moore is an eight-year veteran but is still just 29 years old. He has fine control, walking between 8.3% and 8.7% of opposing batters, but his mediocre 18.3% strikeout rate caps his upside. Fringe deep-league value isn't out of the question, but anything more than that would be a surprise. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Tigers in November of 2018.
Transferred to 60-day IL
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 30, 2019
Moore (knee) was moved to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
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Moore has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 season after undergoing knee surgery, so the Tigers will open up a spot on the 40-man roster by transferring him to the 60-day injured list. Harold Castro was added to the 40-man in a corresponding move.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .343 284 44 23 86 16 4 12
Since 2017vs Right .270 1010 199 86 245 66 7 34
2019vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .097 32 9 1 3 0 0 0
2018vs Left .304 87 11 5 24 5 0 4
2018vs Right .305 384 75 36 104 33 2 15
2017vs Left .363 196 33 18 62 11 4 8
2017vs Right .258 594 115 49 138 33 5 19
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.40 1.47 153.1 6 14 0 7.0 2.9 1.3
Since 2017Away 6.23 1.61 133.0 3 9 0 8.4 4.0 1.6
2019Home 0.00 0.33 3.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.43 7.0 0 0 0 7.7 1.3 0.0
2018Home 7.96 1.77 52.0 2 5 0 5.5 3.3 1.6
2018Away 5.58 1.54 50.0 1 3 0 9.7 4.0 1.8
2017Home 4.21 1.35 98.1 4 9 0 7.7 2.8 1.2
2017Away 7.22 1.76 76.0 2 6 0 7.6 4.3 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Matt Moore compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
9.00
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
0.9
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.0 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.40
 
BABIP
.135
 
GB/FB
1.86
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.5%
 
Spin Rate
2229 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.8%
 
Swinging Strike
15.4%
 
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Moore followed up his solid 2016 Giants debut by posting the highest ERA (5.52) of any qualified starter in 2017. Widely considered baseball's top prospect earlier this decade, the enigmatic southpaw has improved his control but, despite a decent 8.2 career K/9, struggles to work confidently around the plate. He lost 1.4 mph off his four-seam fastball last year, showed faulty mechanics and leaned too heavily on an ineffective cutter. Left-handers peppered the southpaw to a .438 wOBA and an 18.6 HR/FB. Despite these setbacks, he may only need tweaks to his delivery to rediscover his old promise, and as a penny stock, he still has a chance to rebound. The 28-year-old would have been a better dice roll had he remained in the National League and pitcher-friendly AT&T Park and not been dealt to the Rangers and hitter-leaning Globe Life Park in December.
In an unsurprising move, Moore had his $7 million option activated by the Giants this offseason after the club traded for him at the deadline, locking him in as the Giants' third or fourth starter to begin the 2017 season. The southpaw's 2016 results were fairly average when you look at his 4.08 ERA, 1.13 HR/9 and a 2.47 K/BB ratio. His league-average ERA does not tell the whole story as there were plenty of peaks and troughs throughout the year, with monthly ERAs ranging from 2.41 to 7.36 over 198.1 innings. His home and away splits stick out as well with a 3.36 home ERA and a 5.02 mark on the road. Pitching a full season with San Francisco should slightly improve his home numbers and his ERA as a whole. His strikeouts (8.1 K/9 last year) do give him a slight edge over other 4.00 ERA pitchers in his tier.
It was a tale of two seasons for Moore in 2015. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery that took place in mid-April of 2014 and wanted to be back in the majors in a bad way in June. The Rays didn’t bring him back until July and in six starts, Moore was beaten up badly with a 8.78 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP with batters hitting .372/.439/.549 against him. The team sent Moore back to Triple-A Durham until rosters expanded in September. Moore made six more starts to end the season and looked like the Moore of old with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and struck out 20 percent of the batters he faced while walking seven percent. Before the demotion, Moore’s stuff was flat and rolling up to the nitro zone of batters whereas his stuff had its old zip and his secondary pitches were competitive over the final six starts. He’s a perfect candidate for the “last year’s trash; this year’s treasure” theory in 2016.
Moore’s season lasted just two games, as he walked off the mound in Kansas City in early April with what the team hoped was just forearm tightness. In fact, he had torn his UCL and was done for the season. Given the Rays’ traditional conservative ways, it is unlikely Moore retakes the mound in Tampa Bay before Father's Day. When pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery, the control of their pitches is usually the last thing that comes back and that’s not good for a pitcher whose walk rate was already below average. He is not going to get 20 starts in 2015 and the starts he does get are not likely to be smooth in the early going. Mixed league players would be wise to let others take the chance on the name while those in AL-only leagues should look for Moore in the endgame.
In his second full season as a starter with the Rays, Moore launched forward as one of the top left-handers in the American League. He finished the season with a 17-4 record and a 3.29 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star game. He missed August with soreness in his throwing elbow, but was able to come back strong in September and the postseason. His fastball velocity was lower in 2013, but he still dealt with walk problems and led the major leagues in wild pitches. He has a respectable 8.6 K/9 rate and he locked down when runners were in scoring position, only allowing hitters to manage .200/.299/.282 in that situation. Though it may be difficult to repeat the incredible winning percentage, the 24-year-old Moore will be one of the top starters for the Rays and he will be a player to target on draft day.
Many expected Moore to be a Rookie of the Year candidate after his late season heroics for Tampa Bay in 2011 that included a spot in the postseason rotation. Tampa Bay was so confident in his future that they signed him to a five-year, $15 million contract extension to buy out his arbitration years before the season began. Moore struggled with a 4.76 ERA and 4.5 BB/9 in his first 10 starts which ended most of his rookie hoopla. However, he made adjustments and improved his slider, which led him to post a 3.36 ERA and 117:53 K:BB ratio in 120.2 innings after May 28. The lefty's big fastball hovers in the mid-90s and is mixed with a solid slider and changeup that give him big potential to be a future strikeout champ. If he can build on his second half and avoid the free passes that plagued his first half, Moore has a chance to live up to last year's preseason hype and become one of the top starters in the AL.
Moore started the season at Double-A Montgomery where he dominated the Southern League, including the first no-hitter in the league since Tommy Hanson's. Moore was even better after his July promotion to Triple-A Durham where he sported a 1.37 ERA over nine starts (52.2 innings) with a 79:18 K:BB rate. Moore received his first major league start against the Yankees in the Bronx in September and tossed five scoreless innings, striking out 11 for his first win. Moore went on to pitch Game 1 of the ALDS and threw seven shutout innings in Arlington against the Rangers as the Rays won 9-0. The big question heading into this season is where Moore fits in the Rays' plans. Conventional wisdom would say he'd have a spot in the rotation, even if the Rays go with a six-man rotation. A trade of one of the returning five starters would help clear up this picture and a spot in the rotation would likely make him the front-runner for ROY in the American League. He signed a five-year, $15 million contract in December, so the Rays may have already tipped their hand he'll be in the starting rotation in April. Don't be afraid to be aggressive in drafting the him, the sky is the limit.
After a slow start at High-A Charlotte, Moore not only figured things out, he had one of the best seasons for a minor league pitcher in 2010. Over the first half of the season he had a 6.08 ERA and struck out 78 batters in 60.2 innings. The second half was a complete 180, as he held a 1.39 ERA while striking out 130 over 84 innings (a 13.9 K/9IP mark). Moore was the first minor leaguer to eclipse 200-strikeout mark in the last five years (when some guy named Francisco Liriano did it). Moore will likely begin the season at Double-A Montgomery and should make it to Durham by season's end. Grab him if your keeper league has a minor league system and look for him to be with the Rays by mid-to-late 2012.
Moore might be the next big pitching arm to come up through the Rays' farm system. He struck out a whopping 176 batters in only 123 innings for Low-A Bowling Green. He'll likely start the year at High-A Charlotte and is a nice late pick in leagues with deep minor league reserves.
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Done for season after surgery
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 17, 2019
Moore (knee) will miss the rest of the 2019 season after undergoing meniscus surgery Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Set for knee surgery
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 14, 2019
Moore will undergo surgery Wednesday to address a meniscus tear in his right knee, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Thinks he'll avoid surgery
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 9, 2019
Moore said Tuesday that he's optimistic that he can treat his sprained right knee through rest and rehab rather than surgery, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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Contemplating surgery
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 7, 2019
Moore and the Tigers are still determining whether surgery or rest and rehab is the better method for treating the sprained right knee he sustained in his start Saturday against the Royals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Heading to injured list
PDetroit Tigers
Knee
April 6, 2019
Moore is heading to the injured list with a right knee sprain.
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