24 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.
#24 – Chris Archer on July 3rd vs the Tigers
This start marked something of a milestone for Mr. Chris Archer as it was basically the exact middle of his 33 starts on the year. Coming into this game he had run an ERA of 4.76, but including this start through the end of the year he would put up a figure of 3.32. This was one of the great reminders of who Chris is as a pitcher, and what he is capable of when he gets it going. It wasn’t all roses. It took him 50 pitches to get through the first two innings, a common refrain in 2016, but he buckled down and finished strong to not allow a run through nearly six full. It came with ten strikeouts to three walks and three hits against a solid lineup. It’s easy to say that Andriese and the rest of the pen blew it, but when you only get one run off of Mike Pelfrey it is awfully hard to blame your pitching.
I wasn’t able to dig up the highlights for this one, but there were a couple of nice videos of Archer and Mr. Kevin Cash talking about how things might be starting to look up for the starter. It wasn’t Archie’s best start of the year, but it was one that reminded all of us, including him, what he is capable of doing. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of these in 2017.