Moore’s past two starts have been poor but manager Scott Servais is preaching patience.
There was Chris Sale: a veteran, a master of the strikeout, a pitcher in complete control of his form and, of course, the starter for the Red Sox on Wednesday.
There was Andrew Moore: a rookie, still learning, a pitcher whose stuff is better on the whole than any individual parts and, of course, the starter for the Mariners on Wednesday.
Sports are complicated, but sometimes they aren’t: On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox started Sale and the Mariners started Moore, and the Mariners lost 4-0.
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“There’s a reason he’s probably been the most dominant starter in the American League this year,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Sale.
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That reason was clear, and it was clear early.
Sale didn’t allow a hit until the third inning, a double to Jean Segura, which Sale quickly stamped out with back-to-back strikeouts. He gave up all of three hits in seven innings. He struck out 11, the 14th time this season he struck out at least 10, the most in a season since 2002 (when Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did it).
Sale was entirely and thoroughly dominant.
Moore was not.
His last two starts had been rough — 10 runs in nine innings — and this one appeared headed for a similar end. By the end of the fourth inning, Moore had allowed four runs and two home runs.
But he hung around and retired the final 10 batters he faced, extending his start to last 62/3 innings.
“He’s learning,” Servais said. “Certainly like his competitiveness and how he goes about it. He just didn’t have that pitch to finish them today, and the home-run ball got him.”
The home-run ball has been a consistent thorn in Moore’s six starts with the Mariners. He’s allowed 11 home runs this season, including a hanging curveball to Yankees…