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While Matt Moore entered 2012 with very high expectations, he wasn't able to find much consistency during the first half of the season.
He could get off to a rough start to the second against a Cleveland Indians club that hit him hard just over a week ago.
Moore tries to avenge one of his more disappointing outings as the Tampa Bay Rays continue a four-game set with the visiting Indians on Tuesday night.
Considered by many to be one of baseball's most promising young pitchers, Moore (5-6, 4.42 ERA) hasn't lived up to that billing yet. Though his 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings rank among the AL's top 10, the left-hander has been plagued by poor control while walking 50 in 99 2-3 innings.
Moore was especially wild against Cleveland (46-43) in his final start before the All-Star break, yielding a season high-tying five walks along with five runs and five hits over 4 2-3 innings of a 7-3 road loss July 7.
"He's young and has great stuff, but still a little inconsistent," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We ran his pitch count up early and had a lot of good at-bats. You need to stay focused against a guy like him."
That outing was especially disheartening given that Cleveland is 10-17 against left-handed starters this year, but the 23-year-old Moore is trying to learn from his struggles.
"I've had nine days off between starts, so I've had some recollection of what's been going on," Moore told the Rays' official website. "I've definitely been looking at some film, just trying to stay consistent with my delivery. They hit five doubles off me. I looked back at some tape and figured out a couple hot spots for the zone."
Moore has to like his chances of bouncing back at home, where he's compiled a 1.80 ERA during a three-start winning streak. Tampa Bay, though, has posted a 12-21 record at Tropicana Field since winning 13 of its first 14 games there.
Hitting just .202 with runners in scoring position during a 6-12 stretch overall, the Rays (46-44) went 2 for 10 in such situations during Monday's 3-2 series-opening loss. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis each had two hits and an RBI.
"These guys have been able to win close ballgames the whole year," Acta said. "They'll fight, they'll fight and fight."
Batting .383 with five homers and 19 runs scored in his last 24 games, Choo has gone 12 for 30 (.400) with a pair of long balls during an eight-game hitting streak against Tampa Bay.
Josh Tomlin (5-5, 5.45) returns to the mound after having his way with the Rays in his last start July 5. The right-hander gave up one run and two hits over seven innings of a 3-1 victory, earning his first win in three starts in this series.
"The inconsistency this year for me has been the biggest disappointment," he told his team's official website. "Last year, I felt like I could go out there every start and figure out a way to pitch deep into the game. That hasn't happened as much this year. Hopefully I can pick it up from here, and hopefully this continues for the rest of the season."
If his recent road efforts are any indication, Tomlin could have difficulty building on his last performance. He is 1-2 with an 11.77 ERA over his last three outings away from home, with opponents hitting .404 and taking him deep six times.
BEST OF MAXIM
In the shortest press release I’ve ever seen, the Indians today released AAA outfielder Trevor Crowe.
“Columbus transaction: OF TREVOR CROWE was released.”
Crowe was the Indians 1st round pick in the 2005 draft. He was the 14th overall pick. Crowe played 205 games for the Indians (bet you could make some money off that stat) and had a lifetime .245 average with 3 home runs...
Justin Masterson was a guest on MLB Network’s The Rundown yesterday. Here is the video from the show-
Justin Masterson on why the team can stay in the race this season:
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The Cleveland Indians are reminiscent of folks doing one of those line dances at a country bar.
One step forward, two back, two sideways and another forward to end up at the exact same spot.
Then start all over again.
Following Tuesday nights loss to Tampa Bay another loss when a key hit could have meant a win they Indians are now 46-44 and four games behind the Chicago White...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Matt Joyce fought his way through a torrential rainstorm Monday night, driving into town after a brief rehab assignment in Daytona.
It was like a monsoon or something, it was brutal, he said Tuesday afternoon by his locker inside the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse. I had to slow down to make sure I made it here.
Inclement weather aside, Joyce couldnt get back to...
The Indians got a much needed win Monday night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in a well-pitched game that also featured a new-look Cleveland lineup. Manager Manny Acta shook up the middle of his order, moving designated hitter Travis Hafner and catcher Carlos Santana down. Hafner and Santana have been struggling for much of the season, and in particular of late. One or the other...
Each and every Wednesday, I try to bring you all of the news and notes from the Cleveland Indians minor league system. Enjoy.
Last Thursday, I traveled off to Lake County to get the scoop on the Captains. Also included in this week’s edition of the Wahoos is the latest on some top prospects’ hot streaks, a no-hitter, some reliever promotions and a rehabbing lefty on his way...
The Cleveland Indians' Zach McAllister was in line for a third straight win earlier this month before running into trouble in his final inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays, still feeling the effects from Monday's 15-inning, 5-hour loss to the Oakland Athletics, have called up right-handed reliever Josh Lueke.
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The industry-wide assumption is that if the Tampa Bay Rays fall out of contention, the pitcher they will trade is right-hander James Shields.
The Rays, deep in starting pitching, are open to moving any of their right-handed starters, major league sources say.
A trade of Shields or Jeremy Hellickson likely would signal that the team is conceding the season. A trade...
Player of the Game
Tony Sipp pitched strong in relief today, which was enough to win him Player of the Game honors. Sipp came on with 2 outs in the 6 inning and continued to pitched through the 7th. He did not allow a single runner and struck one out, giving him a score of 1.82. After 90 games into the season, Sipp finally wins his first PoG.
Tribe hitters took advantage...
Alex Cobb was concerned about the effects of a nine-day break between starts. As it turns out, he had good reason. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander struggled in his first start since July 6, lasting only 3 1/3 innings while walking five Monday in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In an effort to combat the inactivity, Cobb threw the equivalent of three innings in a simulated...
Nick Hagadone had it made. He was a huge piece of the a trade that sent an Indians superstar (Victor Martinez) away and the Indians always over value the players brought back in such deals. He pitched well in a short time in 2011, and well enough this Spring to make him the first relief pitcher called up from AAA this year. In the pros he was good enough to earn the top left hander...
Four hits. That’s all the Indians could muster in this one. Even so, mix in five walks and they still had a chance. They just couldn’t get the big hit to push runners in. Bases loaded with no outs and all they got was one run on a sac fly.
Bot 1st: Tampa Bay
- C. Pena homered to deep right, B.J. Upton scored
- L. Scott tripled to shallow right, B....