6 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.
#30 – Jake Odorizzi on May 24th vs the Marlins #29 – Evan Longoria on June 14th vs the Mariners
#28 – Jake Odorizzi on May 1st vs the Blue Jays #27 – Steven Souza Jr. on June 4th vs the Twins
#26 – Erasmo Ramirez on April 16th vs the White Sox #25 Corey Dickerson on September 7th vs the Orioles
#24 – Chris Archer on July 3rd vs the Tigers #23 Brad Miller on July 15th vs the Orioles
#22 – Matt Moore on June 29th vs the Red Sox #21 Logan Morrison on May 25 vs the Marlins
#20 – Blake Snell on September 22nd vs the Yankees #19 – Steven Souza Jr. on May 7th vs the Angels
#18 – Matt Andriese on May 8th vs the Angels #17 – Corey Dickerson on August 26th vs the Astros
#16 – Matt Moore on June 12 vs the Astros #15 – Corey Dickerson on June 14th vs the Mariners
#14 – Chris Archer on August 17 vs the Padres #13 – Logan Forsythe on April 30th vs the Blue Jays
#12 – Matt Andriese on May 14th vs the Athletics #11 – Logan Forsythe on August 31 vs the Red Sox
#10 – Drew Smyly on August 15th vs the Padres #9 – Alexei Ramirez on October 2nd vs the Rangers
#8 – Chris Archer on April 25th vs the Orioles #7 – Evan Longoria on June 5th vs the Twins
#6 – Jake Odorizzi on April 15th vs. the White Sox
Baseball can be such a humbling game. You can go out there and do your job as well as possible, and still not walk away with the team winning the game. It takes all 21 guys on any given day to put up the W, and often you can lean on one branch of the tree more than the other. Sometimes it still doesn’t work out. This was one of those games.
Jake Odorizzi was outstanding for seven innings. He went seven full innings allowing two doubles and the same number of singles. He walked one. He struck out six. He didn’t allow a run. That’s a great day and one that will often lead to wins for both the pitcher and the team. Unfortunately, Chris Sale was his normal dominant self for the other guys. Sale threw a complete game striking out nine with no walks and only two singles yielded. Don’t let that detract from Jake’s phenomenal start. I look forward to a lot of these this year.