David Price; but Matt Moore is the youngest lefty, at 23, to start the season 8-0 since a 22 year old by the name of Babe Ruth.
One telling stat lies in Moore’s BABIP. This stat accounts for how many balls in play against a pitcher get through for hits. If the pitcher has an elite infielder or two behind him, balls will be corralled and plays will be made for outs.
BABIP also accounts for intangibles like luck, and changes in a pitcher’s mechanics, adjustments for delivery, and what have you. BABIP can have enormous effects on a pitcher’s stats. Especially ERA.
Not enough? Let’s examine his LOB%.
This stat measures the percentage of runners a pitcher leaves stranded
on base. It is calculated using a pitcher’s walks, hits, and runs
allowed. What it illustrates is the higher a pitcher’s LOB% is compared
to his ERA, the luckier that pitcher is.
ranks in the top ten of both lowest BABIP and highest LOB%. What this
means is he has been exceptionally lucky. One dropped ball here, one
missed strike there, and he doesn’t have the impressive start that he
It cannot be denied that Moore is also
exceptionally talented. While he is getting by with a little help from
his friends, and escaping unscathed from threatening runners, he IS
escaping. He is getting out of trouble when he needs to. He is
responding to pressure situations and rising to meet them.
is the real indicator of how he has performed; he responds well under
pressure. I think we can expect to see a lot Moore from Matt.
Chad R. MacDonald
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