It’s time for the Phillies to admit that the Matt Moore experiment has failed

MLB: MAR 04 Spring Training – Yankees at Phillies
CLEARWATER, FL – MARCH 04: Matt Moore (31) of the Phillies delivers a pitch to the plate during the spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on March 04, 2021 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

Did you know the Phillies are 3-6 in games that Matt Moore pitches? Now you do!

Whether it was as a starter or as a reliever, Matt Moore has been an unequivocal failure. Moore has put up career highs (in a bad way) all across the board. His ERA is currently 7.36. His next highest in his career is 6.79. His hits/9 is at 11.8. His career-high was 11.3. His home run/9 ratio is at 2.5, 0.8 higher than his career-high. Worst of all, his BB/9 of 5.4 is 0.9 higher than his career-high.

In simple terms, he’s done exactly 0 things well. In his 9 games, only 2 have come without a run.

As a reliever, it might look like he’s been alright with a 3.86 ERA. That fails to include the walk-off hit in Atlanta, however.

When Matt Moore first signed with the Phillies, it seemed like a solid signing. He had not allowed a run in his last to major league starts. He thrived in Japan the year prior. And his last major game was throwing 7 no-hit innings in the Japanese equivalent of the World Series.

Now, Moore has become nothing short of a wasted roster spot.

You’d think that the Phillies roster is lean and that they have no choice. You’d be thinking wrong. Neftali Feliz, JD Hammer, Damon Jones, and Mauricio Llovera have all not given up a single earned run in over 5 innings each in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

While that doesn’t guarantee any success in the majors, one of them must be able to do better than a 7.36 ERA. If the Phillies prefer to bring up a starter, Bailey Falter has a 3.29 ERA through 3 starts as an Iron Pig. He’s also struck out 19 over 13.1 IP.

Bottom line is: Matt Moore’s time in Philadelphia needs to come to a close.

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

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