Matt Moore took the baseball world by storm on Friday by tossing seven shutout, two-hit innings in his first postseason start. In fact, this was just the second start of the youngster’s big league career.
Moore has steadily climbed through the Rays minor league system since being drafted in the eighth round in 2007.
His 2011 minor league campaign gave the Rays plenty of reason to feel comfortable starting the rookie in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Moore went a combined 12-3 with AA Montgomery and AAA Durham with a 1.92 ERA, 0.948 WHIP and 210 Ks in 155.0 IP.
Read that last line again, I’ll wait.
Wow! Can you believe that? That's 210 Ks in 155.0 IP. Moore is the real deal and he showed why on Friday.
As amazing as Moore’s performance was, it surprisingly isn’t among the top 10 or even top 20 debuts in Major League Baseball history. In fact, Moore’s game score only ranks as the 56th all-time for pitchers making their first postseason start.
Let’s take a look at 10 pitchers who had even more impressive postseason debuts than Moore.