Moore, who had not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances, got the save on both Friday and Saturday. Those performances lowered his ERA to 0.84 and gave him eight saves, only three shy of Sanchez' team-leading total of 11 for all of last season. On a staff that features such young talents as Romanick and Mike Witt (SI, April 22), Moore has been the real stopper. "If you had to narrow it down," says Mauch, "you'd have to say Donnie is the one most responsible for our success."
Moore, 31, didn't find much success in his first decade of pro ball, bouncing around among nine major and minor league clubs before catching on with the Braves in 1982. Only in '84 did he come into his own, after developing a split-fingered fastball to complement his fastball and slider. "He needed something off-speed," says former Braves manager Joe Torre, now an Angel broadcaster. "He was throwing the fastball and slider at the same speed. Bob Gibson [then an Atlanta pitching coach] worked with him on hitting the outside of the plate, too. He has such good control, he was throwing too many strikes—too many middle-of-the-plate strikes. But he's such a hard worker, it was just a matter of time before it would all come together." Says Moore, a burly, pleasant man who much prefers to talk about his team rather than himself, "Maybe I'm just a survivor."
If the Angels are to survive an AL West race with Minnesota, Chicago and Kansas City, they'll need good health, continued harmony and more of Moore. "When the going gets tough, that's when the veterans will come into play," says Jackson. "That will come later this season." Right now, the Mauchies are on the march.