3 Days Until Camp Opens | The Process Report

3 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

 

You’ve got to go allllll the way back to the third game of the year for the second best game by a Rays hitter in 2016. Once again, we see our dearly departed Logan Forsythe impacting a game in a multitude of ways. He was a triple shy of the cycle on his 3-4 day, but he didn’t just do it with the stick. Sure, the two-run homer that put the team ahead in the 8th was ginormous, opposite field no less, but it was a veteran move in the ninth that arguably won the game for the Rays. You might remember this game, but if not I’m sure the highlights will do a good job of jogging that mainframe in your brain:

Whiny buttbaby Jose Bautista clearly interfered with our dude Logan’s ability to turn the double play there. That is the very definition of obstruction, and it was nice to see the boys in blue get one right for once. Those other guys in blue might not be too happy about it, but those are the rules, I didn’t write them. Also, while Logan was the hero today, how about that absolute moonshot that Big Swingin’ Dickerson hit off the back wall of the Trop? Guy is something else.

Lastly, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but this team is really going to miss Logan Forsythe. I didn’t think it would be a big deal to replace his bat if you brought in someone like Chris Carter or Mike Napoli, but the team decided to go in a different direction. I fear now that they are not going to be able to do a whole lot against most lefties, and when you’re in this part of the win curve it doesn’t take much to flip you from contender to pretender. My kingdom for a nail.



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