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Read about Matt Moore's hot start, David Price's not-so-hot start and more.

J. Meric

The Tampa Bay Rays possess a couple of somewhat surprising statistics entering their series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colo.

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The offense, which has been average or better over the years but had to overcome significant losses following the 2012 season, is holding steady thus far in 2013, posting a team OPS+ of 100 thanks to help from a resurgent James Loney (168 OPS+), who will no doubt continue his hot streak this weekend (he's a lifetime .326/.374/.558 hitter in Denver). Evan Longoria is also in midseason form, while Ben Zobrist continues to do what he does best and Matt Joyce has helped negate B.J. Upton's departure with a SLG-heavy 107 OPS+. Not too bad for a team that almost gets no-hit on a nightly basis, it seems.

While the offense is holding its ground, Tampa Bay's pitching staff has scuffled to a team ERA+ of 92. Ace David Price is the ringleader for the regression; he possesses very good strikeout and walk numbers, but has allowed more hits than innings pitched -- and has allowed six home runs -- on his way to a 5.21 ERA/73 ERA+. Jeremy Hellickson and Roberto Hernandez (but not this Roberto Hernandez) have endured similar struggles despite having decent peripherals as well.


Matt Moore

#55 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays

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Jun 18, 1989


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Matt Moore 5-0 1.13 0.88 38 15


One guy who has not experienced many valleys to this point in the season is Matt Moore. Moore has struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings and is off to a 5-0 start with a miniscule ERA. That, paired with the solid performance of Alex Cobb thus far, should bode well for the Rays as everything else inevitably returns to the norm for the team.

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Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, May 3 at 6:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Matt Moore (5-0, 1.13 ERA) vs. Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.29 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, May 4 at 6:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

David Price (1-2, 5.21) vs. Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65)

Game 3: Sunday, May 5 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Alex Cobb (3-2, 2.55) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-0, 1.46)

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Luke Scott 2 7 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 .429 .500 .857
James Loney 27 72 7 27 8 0 1 13 7 8 1 0 .375 .430 .528
Evan Longoria 27 101 17 31 5 1 6 14 10 24 0 0 .307 .372 .554
Sean Rodriguez 16 34 5 10 1 1 1 6 2 7 1 0 .294 .368 .471
Ben Zobrist 27 103 13 27 6 0 3 20 11 18 2 0 .262 .328 .408
Ryan Roberts 20 61 4 14 2 0 2 4 4 14 0 0 .230 .277 .361
Kelly Johnson 23 70 8 16 1 1 3 9 10 23 4 2 .229 .321 .400
Matt Joyce 23 76 15 17 1 0 6 9 6 19 1 1 .224 .280 .474
Jose Lobaton 14 36 4 8 1 0 2 5 2 10 0 0 .222 .263 .417
Desmond Jennings 27 101 21 22 7 0 3 6 11 30 5 3 .218 .289 .376
Jose Molina 21 52 5 11 2 0 1 3 2 12 1 0 .212 .268 .308
Shelley Duncan 20 55 6 10 1 0 2 6 9 14 0 0 .182 .297 .309
Yunel Escobar 23 81 4 14 3 0 2 7 5 14 0 1 .173 .230 .284
Sam Fuld 21 41 2 7 0 0 0 1 3 7 1 1 .171 .244 .171
Jeremy Hellickson 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alex Cobb 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kyle Farnsworth 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Roberto Hernandez 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joel Peralta 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Gomes 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Moore 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Rodney 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jamey Wright 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jake McGee 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Price 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Cesar Ramos 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Matt Moore 5-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 32.0 13 4 4 3 15 38 1.13 .88
Jamey Wright 0-1 12 0 0 0 0 0 11.2 9 2 2 0 4 7 1.54 1.11
Joel Peralta 0-1 12 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 5 2 2 0 4 10 1.69 .84
Alex Cobb 3-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 35.1 34 11 10 2 7 27 2.55 1.16
Fernando Rodney 1-0 9 0 0 0 3 1 8.1 7 4 4 1 7 9 4.32 1.68
Jeremy Hellickson 1-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 36.1 33 19 19 6 11 31 4.71 1.21
David Price 1-2 6 6 0 0 0 0 38.0 43 22 22 6 9 35 5.21 1.37
Roberto Hernandez 1-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.2 30 21 18 5 10 30 5.28 1.30
Brandon Gomes 0-1 11 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 10 8 7 2 2 14 5.91 1.13
Cesar Ramos 0-0 10 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 9 5 5 1 3 3 7.11 1.89
Kyle Farnsworth 0-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 9 5 5 1 3 1 7.94 2.12
Jake McGee 0-2 11 0 0 0 0 3 9.0 13 11 11 2 7 13 11.00 2.22


Tampa Bay Rays Injuries

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jeff Niemann shoulder 03/22/2013