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According to Baseball Reference, his game score of 77 ranks his debut as T-56th in baseball history, a fact that genuinely surprised me.
I thought for sure it would be much higher.
However, as stated before, the numbers don't tell the whole story.
When you look at his age, the fact that it was only his second MLB start, and the dramatic fashion in which the Rays reached the postseason, his awesome debut seems even more monumental.
The gall of Joe Maddon to start him over Wade Davis or James Shields on short rest, was a high risk/high reward gamble that paid off handsomely for the Rays, and has set the tone for their postseason.
Like Livan Hernandez for the Marlins in 1997, and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants last year, Moore has the potential to be a rookie X-factor for the Rays this October.
Rays fans have known about Moore for quite some time, but last night was probably the first time most people had actually seen him pitch. This wasn't just a postseason debut, it was more like a coming out party for the future ace of the Rays staff.
Moore's performance puts the Rays in a great position to win this ALDS, and Joe Maddon now has four bona-fide starters to trot to the hill throughout this postseason.
With James Shields, David Price, and fellow rookie Jeremy Hellickson, the Rays have arguably the deepest rotation of all the American League playoff teams.
Like the San Fransisco Giants last season, the Rays could be poised to ride their young arms to the World Series.
So Moore's start was not only an announcement of his arrival as a pitching force, but it also instantly made the Rays a serious threat to advance deep into the 2011 postseason.
I don't think anybody would be surprised if this was just the beginning to a brilliant October for Matt Moore.
Even if he struggles in his next start should the Rays advance, he has officially arrived as the next dominant left-hander in MLB.
And regardless of how far his team goes this postseason, it is a start that Rays fans will never forget.