San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Starting Pitchers
For some reason, a lot of Giants fans were attached to Matt Duffy, a well below average hitting third-baseman. Yes, he was a clubhouse guy and enjoyed a very good, full rookie campaign. However, he was pretty bad in 2016. Flipping him, and a few guys who never suited up at a level higher than AAA, for Matt Moore was a brilliant move from Bobby Evans. Moore is under control until 2019, and for a cheap price too.
The postseason performance from Matt Moore was one of the best pitching performances I can recall in the post-season, and there have been a TON of brilliant performances from the Giants since 2010. However, his regular season wasn’t too shabby either. Moore ended with 4.08 ERA with the Giants, and a 1.33 WHIP. For a pitcher thrown into an entirely different league, during his rebound season from Tommy John surgery, he did quite alright.
His final few starts are more of what we’re looking at from Moore. When it was time to come up clutch, Moore threw a few gems, including his postseason performance. Add in the fact that he was a Corey Seager bloop single away from a no-hitter, Moore had a pretty good second half with the Giants. He’ll have to learn to minimize the damage in his “off” games. If he does that, he could be a fantastic Giant for the next few years.