Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted May 28, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 28, 2012 at 07:47 AM
ST. PETERSBURG He was good for the last three innings of one start and good over the first four innings of his next start. Put the two together, Matt Moore said, and he would have a start he could be proud of.
“I’m exciting to get out there and put the beginning of the last one and the end of the previous one together and see what it looks like,” he said. “I think it’s about time.”
Moore, the Rays heralded rookie left-hander, has one win in nine starts and a 5.07 ERA. Start No. 10 comes this afternoon against the Chicago White Sox as the Rays begin a six-game homestand.
Moore was sailing during his last start, tossing four shutout innings against the Blue Jays before falling apart in the fifth inning. He couldn’t find the strike zone and walked two, gave up a hit and was gone before recording the third out of the inning. As a result, Moore didn’t get the victory despite starting the fifth inning with a six-run lead.
“I have to make an adjustment, whether it’s slow the game down or figure out different pitch sequences,” Moore said. “I wasn’t really getting beat, I was beating myself. The pace of the game needs to slow down and that falls directly on me.”
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Moore just needs to take a mental time out on the mound when things begin to get hot. Maddon likes how David Price and Jeremy Hellickson will walk behind the mound to gather themselves, and he thinks Moore should do that, too.
“When our guys are able to do that I know OK, they’re in the present tense. That’s good, Maddon said. “I really believe most of the time when you’re physical mechanics breakdown it’s because of what you’re thinking, and normally what you’re thinking is too fast.”