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Rays | Matt Moore using changeup more often

Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore tossed his first complete game shutout while allowing just three hits against the Boston Red Sox Monday, July 22. He threw 75 of his 109 pitches for strikes, including 21 changeups. Through his first 10 starts of the season, Moore only threw 20 changeups in a game once and totaled 156 changeups in the first two months of the season. Since June, he's thrown 205 changeups and at least 20 in all but two of the outings over that time.

Moore is also starting to utilize more changeups against left-handed hitters. Before, Moore was wary of throwing changeups to lefties because "the bottom of the zone, for lefties, is such a sweet spot." He's now won his last six starts and has a 1.50 ERA over that stretch while holding opponents to a .143 average and a .403 OPS. He improved to 14-3 on the year with a 3.17 ERA.

Fantasy Tip: This change in approach speaks to the maturity of the southpaw. He's clearly becoming more of a complete pitcher, and it's showing in his results. He's a fantasy ace at this point.

2013-07-23 09:15:06 | Source: - Jason Collette

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