4 Days Until Camp Opens | The Process Report

4 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

For the fourth (!) time we stumble upon another great game from Jake Odorizzi. Like his last entry it didn’t matter how he pitched, because the team failed to score a run. He went eight, struck out five, walked none, gave up five hits, got a ton of soft contact, and basically did everything he could to keep his team in the game.

I can’t help, but think that this coming season’s scheduled double-header with the Athletics was completely due to the number of fans that died of boredom during this batter shitshow disguised as a pitcher’s duel. If the Rays don’t add a righty bat you can probably get used to seeing fine lefties like Sean Manaea look like MVP candidates all year, too. Anyways, Jake pitched great, the offense did absolutely nothing, and the pen eventually caved in despite nerves of steel until the deathblow. Heck, even the game-winning hit should have been an out at the plate if anybody with an arm was in left field instead of Brandon Guyer.

Go Jake go, there was only one better performance from a Rays starter this year, but you’ll have to wait a couple days to find out the particulars. Until then, enjoy the highlights.


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