Matt Moore and the 10 Best Postseason Pitching Debuts in the Wild Card Era

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Matt Moore and the 10 Best Postseason Pitching Debuts in the Wild Card Era
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You have to admire Joe Maddon's stones.

The guy had guts to start a 22-year-old rookie in the first game of the 2011 ALDS who had made just one previous start and had a grand total of nine innings of MLB experience.

But Maddon's guts were exceeded by those of the young lefty he sent to the hill Friday night.

Matt Moore pitched seven dominating innings against one of the league's best offenses in their home park, and looked like he had been pitching in the Majors for years, instead of weeks.

Moore's final pitching line was 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K.

These magnificent stats would be great for any pitcher making his postseason debut, but they are downright ridiculous for a guy who three weeks ago was pitching in Triple-A.

So how does Moore's postseason debut stack up statistically in baseball history?

The answer might surprise you, and I'll answer it soon enough.

For now though, let's take a look at the 10 best postseason pitching debuts in the Wild Card era.

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