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.
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.