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.
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.