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San Francisco Giants: 5 Things we Need to See in Spring Training

By Jake Mastroianni
February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Jarrett Parker (6) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Jarrett Parker (6) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) walks off the field after the sixth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) walks off the field after the sixth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /

A Healthy Matt Moore

Matt Moore has always been one of my favorite pitchers since I watched him dominate the Texas Rangers in game one of the 2011 ALDS. At that point I thought he would go on to compete for Cy Young awards and be one of the best pitchers in the league.

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of this game and they wrecked what could have a been a great career for Matt Moore. He’s still just 27 years old and has plenty of time to become a great pitcher for the Giants, and we all hope that process begins this spring.

After a couple of shortened seasons due to injury, last year was Moore’s first full year in the big leagues since 2013 when he was an All-Star and finished ninth in the Cy Young voting.

Last year he made 33 starts and threw 198.1 innings. With that workload under his belt, you hope he takes the next step in 2017 and gets back to being the dominate pitcher he was before the injuries.

He was very inconsistent last year, typically following up a good start with a bad start. He had six quality starts in 12 outings for the Giants in the regular season, so it doesn’t get more up-and-down than that.

He finished the season really strong giving up just 3 earned runs in his last 23.2 innings pitching including the postseason.

Giants fans are hoping to see a healthy Matt Moore pick things right back up where he left off at the end of 2016. If he does, this team is going to be even more dangerous.

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