2 Days Until Camp Opens | The Process Report

2 Days Until Camp Opens

With less than a calendar month to go before baseball begins to smell new again we wanted to spend each day going through some of the best performances in 2016. Using game WPA for 15 starting pitcher and hitter performances we hope to be able to take you on a trip down memory lane each day. 

#30Jake Odorizzi on May 24th vs the Marlins #29Evan Longoria on June 14th vs the Mariners

#28 – Jake Odorizzi on May 1st vs the Blue Jays #27Steven Souza Jr. on June 4th vs the Twins

#26Erasmo Ramirez on April 16th vs the White Sox #25 Corey Dickerson on September 7th vs the Orioles

#24Chris Archer on July 3rd vs the Tigers #23 Brad Miller on July 15th vs the Orioles

#22Matt Moore on June 29th vs the Red Sox #21 Logan Morrison on May 25 vs the Marlins

#20Blake Snell on September 22nd vs the Yankees  #19Steven Souza Jr. on May 7th vs the Angels

#18Matt Andriese on May 8th vs the Angels #17Corey Dickerson on August 26th vs the Astros

#16Matt Moore on June 12 vs the Astros #15Corey Dickerson on June 14th vs the Mariners

#14Chris Archer on August 17 vs the Padres #13Logan Forsythe on April 30th vs the Blue Jays

#12Matt Andriese on May 14th vs the Athletics #11 – Logan Forsythe on August 31 vs the Red Sox

#10Drew Smyly on August 15th vs the Padres #9Alexei Ramirez on October 2nd vs the Rangers

#8Chris Archer on April 25th vs the Orioles #7Evan Longoria on June 5th vs the Twins

#6Jake Odorizzi on April 15th vs the White Sox #5Brad Miller on August 4th vs the Royals

#4 Jake Odorizzi on July 22nd vs the Athletics #3Logan Forsythe on April 5th vs the Blue Jays

#2Drew Smyly on April 19th vs the Red Sox

Almost there, kiddies. Before the big tease, though, we’ve still got a couple of great games to commemorate starting today with the best, most important game thrown by a Rays pitcher in 2016. The honor goes to Drew Smyly and it is completely deserved. Smyly gave up two walks and a single, but otherwise flirted with perfection. All three baserunners came in the third inning, but he was able to pull the Houdini on a grounder rolled to Longo at third just prior to a jamshot double play to get out of the inning. I say he flirted with perfection, because he did not allow a baserunner in any of his seven other innings. Add in eleven strikeouts, and you can see why Seattle was eager to trade a really good package for this guy.

The highlights below show all you need to know. Batters were baffled, and I especially like the Betts strikeout that resulted in him throwing his bat due to how mixed up Smyly had a pretty good hitter. He was painting the corner and then taking guys out of the zone with regularity. They were happy to oblige. While this is obviously a tremendous performance, the other reason it ranks as the best for a Rays starter is because he wasn’t the only one dealing. Neither team put a run on the board in regulation. Smyly was not only incredibly good, but the team absolutely needed it as even one run could have flipped the score. The Rays managed to pull it out in the tenth thanks to a Kiermaier homer, but they may have never gotten there without Drew Smyly’s epic performance.

 



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