Looking for a name to compare Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore with? How about Babe Ruth?
Moore stifled the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, limiting the division for to just one earned run over seven innings pitched en route to his eighth win of the season.
In doing so, Moore becomes the first left-handed, American League pitcher 23 years old or younger to begin a season 8-0 since…you guessed it…the Babe.
Ruth accomplished the feat as a member of the Boston Red Sox in the 1910s, before he became a full-time position player known as the Sultan of Swat for his ability to mash home runs like no one ever had or would again for decades.
We know, the statistic is pretty specific. But to be mentioned in the same breath as the guy considered by many to be the greatest baseball player who ever lived is an honor, no matter what the circumstances.
At 8-0 and boasting a 2.29 ERA for the season, Moore is our first-quarter pick to start the All Star Game for the American League.
Speaking of, we will be posting our entire list of first quarter All Stars for both the AL and NL later tonight, so stay tuned.