Matt Moore is a 22-year-old rookie with nine innings of major-league experience before tonight. Has anyone mentioned this? Watching him mow through the Rangers in the first two innings, though, it's worth wondering if there would have been an exciting Game 162 if he were in the rotation earlier for the Rays.
Moore has two strikeouts through two innings, ringing up Elvis Andrus on a grubby slider in the first inning, and then getting Nelson Cruz in the second with a 96-mph fastball up and out of the zone. His fastball has ranged from 93 to 97, but more importantly, he's thrown strikes. If he had a weakness in the minors earlier in his career, it was his control. But he came a long ways this year.
So far: not a problem. Also, those stats are completely nonsensical.