SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Moore feels like he's had a charmed baseball life. He came up in 2012 with the Rays under manager Joe Maddon surrounded by a starting staff that included David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb.He was traded to San Francisco last Aug. 1 and
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Moore feels like he's had a charmed baseball life. He came up in 2012 with the Rays under manager Joe Maddon surrounded by a starting staff that included David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb.
He was traded to San Francisco last Aug. 1 and is now playing for Bruce Bochy, surrounded by a starting staff that includes Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Player Page for Matt Cain.
"I feel fortunate to be in this room; it's not like it's something that can't be taken away," said Moore, after throwing the first four innings of the Giants' 12-4 victory over the D-backs on Sunday at Scottsdale Stadium. "I don't know if there's a train coming for me, but I feel like I've lucked out more times than I deserve."
Moore was 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts last season for the Giants and last Aug. 25 fell one out short of no-hitting the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
In his biggest game of the year, Moore threw eight innings of two-run, two-hit ball in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the eventual World Series-winning Cubs. He left with a 5-2 lead and it wasn't the left-hander's fault that the bullpen collapsed in the ninth as the Cubs scored four times to win the game and series.
"I've gone back to that moment many times," Moore said. "If you had told me in the fourth inning when I'd already thrown 60 pitches that I'd have gone eight and thrown another 60, I would have taken it in a minute. I was sitting there in the dugout in the ninth inning wondering which one of these capable arms were going to stop it, because they'd done it so many times before. It didn't happen. You can't dwell on it. It's the reason why we love this game."
Now Moore and the Giants are beginning the long journey again back to that point. On Sunday, he allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout. He squirmed out of a third-inning bases-loaded jam when third baseman Eduardo Nunez picked a Brandon Drury grounder and turned it into a double play.
It's his first spring with the Giants and the start of his first full season in San Francisco.
"It's just a different vibe here," Moore said, "from the Fan Fest to Spring Training. I don't feel any more pressure, but these guys here are all true professionals in their craft."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.