PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Matt Moore felt better about this one.
At times throughout the spring, the 23-year-old left-hander has struggled with his mechanics, but he walked from Charlotte Sports Park after his latest effort pleased. He struck out seven batters and only surrendered one run (unearned) and three hits in five innings during the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
There were still some moments there where it kind of got away, talking about certain at-bats, said Moore, who threw 88 pitches, 57 for strikes. Overall, Im happy with what came out.
An assessment from Rays manager Joe Maddon suggests he has reason to be. Maddon called Moore a lot better Friday as someone who showed improved pitch command. The manager said Moores velocity is nearing normal and that the young players changeups and breaking balls looked sharp.
Overall, I thought he had a much better idea of where the fastball is going, Maddon said. Thats what I like most.