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Friday, July 22, 2011


You definitely want to see this if you can:

Tampa Bay Rays’ left-hander Matthew Moore, the top pitching prospect in all of Minor League Baseball according to Baseball America and ESPN, is expected to join the Bulls on Friday and start that evening for Durham against the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 PM at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The 22-year old has spent the entire season at Double-A Montgomery, where he was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and a league-leading 131 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched.

If you want to go, I’d suggest getting a ticket through the Bulls’ Web site ( ASAP. Friday home games tend to be pretty crowded because of the postgame fireworks.

I will be there with live tweets from my baseball Twitter account, @MWEinNC.

Mike Emeigh Posted: July 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 22, 2011 at 05:32 PM (#3883323)
It is very likely that I'll be there with my daughter ... would've bought tix already were it not for the weather (which may not be to my 4-year old's liking).
   2. Vrhovnik Posted: July 22, 2011 at 07:54 PM (#3883397)
Don't think I can make it. Neil Allen is the Bulls pitching coach. I played against him in 3&2 League back in KCK.
   3. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 22, 2011 at 08:24 PM (#3883424)
I'm in, section 102, row G, dorky looking bearded guy w/ a kid in a soccer jersey.
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 22, 2011 at 08:50 PM (#3883452)
OK, you are going to be directly across from me (sec 103) - unless I can sit in the Sheetz seats tonight (right in back of 104/106), which I always try to do but can't always accomplish.

-- MWE
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 23, 2011 at 05:37 PM (#3883857)
Moore lasted five innings, allowing one run and three hits, walking 2 and fanning seven. He threw 90 pitches, 52 strikes. Except for one stretch in the second innings where 10 of 11 pitches were balls, he had pretty good command. The lone run came when he left a fast ball up in the zone and Ryan Strieby drove it about 430 feet onto the catwalk in left-center.

The AB I remember came in the second. He had Casper Wells way out in front of two breaking balls in succession, ran the count to 3-2, then absolutely froze him on a fast ball down and in for called strike 3. Wells was looking outside (and 90% of the time that's where the 3-2 pitch will be).

This is an example where I think actually being able to see a guy pitch is important. Moore obviously has the ability to make hitters swing and miss, but that's not the only thing that matters - if the hitters can sit on the fastball they will eventually catch up to it, no matter how hard it is thrown. Moore's non-strikeout peripherals a year ago were mixed, but he was dominant at Montgomery and last night showed an ability to mix in the curve and slider at appropriate points and kept the hitters off-balance most of the evening. If he does that consistently he will be a front-end rotation anchor.

-- MWE

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