State of the Rays: Fernando Rodney battling expectations
MAY 20, 2013 6:05p ET
The message is nothing new. Manager Joe Maddon has repeated the theme numerous times this season: There’s more in Matt Moore. And it’s hard to argue.
Historically speaking it's been wonderful, but Matt knows there is more in Moore. Love his accountability.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) May 19, 2013
The left-hander is 23 years old, so the pitcher is only beginning to discover his potential. Last year was his full first major league campaign, so much of what he has accomplished this season has been done with natural ability and growing confidence.
After a recent game, catcher Jose Molina said it himself: Moore is still learning how to manage situations, work out of difficult scenarios and mature as a pitcher. With time, seasoning will come, and it’s intriguing to consider how good Moore could be if he reaches his potential.
Maddon has said Moore is on an arc where the pitcher could be an accomplished talent in the next few years. If Moore’s 8-0 start this season is a preview, the future looks bright.
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