Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Matt Moore looks for better things against Yankees

“I definitely expect more out of myself, especially the last four (starts),” said Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore, who faces the Yankees today.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

“I definitely expect more out of myself, especially the last four (starts),” said Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore, who faces the Yankees today.

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Matt Moore, who makes his 10th start of the season today, is not at all pleased with his first nine.

He faces the Yankees with a 1-3 record and a 5.47 ERA. His past four starts have been especially rough — 0-1, 8.53 ERA. Moore has not pitched more than five innings in any of those four outings.

"I definitely expect more out of myself, especially the last four," Moore said. "I know that there's more in the tank when I'm leaving the game, and I also know there is higher quality stuff to come out when I'm in the game. Would I say I'm not satisfied? No doubt. I'm sure I can do much better."

Moore said the problem is he's falling behind too many hitters.

"I think in the last couple of starts there has definitely been some moments where I could have done a much better job of just being in the moment maybe," Moore said, "and I'm looking to turn it around at this point."

One reason for that, Moore said, is he's not throwing his secondary pitches for quality strikes.

"Being able to make those pitches more attractive to the hitters but not be in the meat of the zone," he said. "Everything does go off fastball command and when I am able to get that in the zone with quality even if my offspeed is a little less, it seems to get the trick done."

Kiermaier begins comeback: CF Kevin Kiermaier (left hand fracture) began exercises with his hand Thursday and started shoulder exercises Friday. There is one catch: He can't sweat or he risks an infection in the incision caused by the surgery.

"Whenever they see a little lather going on they're going to say, 'No, shut it down for a little bit.' Just some shoulder exercises," Kiermaier said. "It won't be anything crazy."

Kiermaier expects the stitches to be removed Wednesday and should have the all-clear to resume sweating by the end of next week. As for his return to the lineup, he's sticking with the original 8 to 10 weeks.

"Could be a little sooner," he said. "Just depends on how the healing process goes. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as soon as possible. This down time is going to eat at me."

Hope is a dangerous word: The Rays headed into the Memorial Day weekend three games under .500 and in last place in the AL East. Given the performance of the starting rotation, manager Kevin Cash was asked if that gives him "hope" the Rays can turn things around.

"(Pitching coach) Jim Hickey always says hope's a bad theory," Cash said. "We're confident our pitching is going to turn it around here. They're too talented not to. … I don't think as a group we got on the same page where the offense and pitching has clicked well."

Boxberger nearing return: RHP Brad Boxberger (adductor surgery) pitches two-thirds of an innings in another minor league rehab appearance Friday for Double A Montgomery in what was expected to be his last rehab appearance before he rejoins the team. "We'll factor in everything, but most will be how he feels," Cash said.

Rest for Souza: RF Steven Souza Jr., with one hit in his past 12 at-bats, did not start against Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka. "Just getting him off his feet," Cash said. "He's been playing a lot."

Matt Moore looks for better things against Yankees 05/27/16 [Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:09am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. U.S. repeats as Solheim Cup champion

    Golf

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there and restored their dominance in the Solheim Cup

    Lexi Thompson, left, comes back from four holes down to halve the day’s first singles match with Europe’s Anna Nordqvist to set the tone for the United States.
  2. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Demar Dotson (mild groin strain) expected back for opener

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs got good news Sunday on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI exam showed only a mild right groin sprain and who should be back at practice next week.

    Tackle Demar Dotson has only a mild groin strain.
  4. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  5. Rays journal: Jake Faria heads to DL with left abdominal strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jacob Faria made the trek he didn't want to take after his last start. It was to the trainer's room. The pain in his left abdominal went from nagging to an issue during his start that night in Toronto.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria (34) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 4, 2017.