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Matt Moore, Vance Worley, and Minnesota TV broadcast.

Jeff Curry

So here are Matt Moore's Spring Training stats over the last three years:

YEAR ERA G GS IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
2012 4.50 3 2 10.0 5 5 5 3 5 8 .147 1.00 0.91
2013 3.80 6 5 21.1 19 10 9 1 14 20 .232 1.55 0.87
2014 6.35 3 3 5.2 9 6 4 1 5 6 .346 2.47 2.67

And here's his regular season stats:

Season ERA G GS IP H R ER HR HBP BB IBB SO BABIP WHIP GB/FB
2011 2.89 3 1 9.1 9 3 3 1 3 15 .381 1.29 1.13
2012 3.81 31 31 177.1 158 85 75 18 7 81 5 175 .293 1.35 0.87
2013 3.29 27 27 150.1 119 58 55 14 4 76 1 143 .259 1.30 0.93

In short, that's three Spring Trainings with pretty uninspired statistics (almost a 1:1 K-to-BB rate each season!) next to three MLB seasons with a 92 ERA- and 101 FIP-. Do I wish Matt Moore was having a strong spring? Of course! Do I think his spring is any indication of his ability to perform during the season. Eh. No.

It is interesting -- and really nothing more -- to see his GB-rate kinda high-ish in the early going. Makes me wonder if he's toying with the changeup a bit more, or maybe sneaking in a splitter. Everyone's doing it, apparently.