27 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.
In a game that saw the Rays hit four homers, none was bigger than Steven Souza Jr.’s three-run, scond-deck shot in the fourth inning. Two on, two out, down 3-1, Souza put the team on his strapping shoulders and said, “Ok, I’ll be a part of this world.” He would end up 1-3 with a walk, and a steal, on the day, but no moment was bigger than the one that saw him elevate the team into a lead they would never relinquish. Cheers to you, Mr. Souza.
Many folks like to get on Mr. Souza for his adventurous philosophy to base-running, but this game saw him leverage his athleticism to help him get an easy steal:
Check out the rest of the highlights from a game that caused a little nervousness early before going into cruise mode thanks to the three-run homer. You’ll also see Souza show off the arm, which isn’t even factored into WPA. In the 8th, Trevor Plouffe cued a ball down the first base line, but Souza was able to cut it off quickly, spin, and fire a strike to second to catch the pokey third-basemen trying to take advantage of a situation. This is about as complete of a game as you’ll find so give it up for Steven Souza Jr.: