Eight Days Until Camp Opens | The Process Report

Eight 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

Sometimes a guy can pitch a gem, but it hardly matters, because the team put ups five-six runs making it an easy day for the manager. Other times the grind of putting every single pitch exactly where you want is more amplified by the game situation. This game was more of the latter, which is a big reason it rates so highly by WPA.

Archer was both extremely good, and the team really need him to be at the top of his game. At home against a rough and tough Orioles lineup Archer threw arguably his best game of the year. He gave up a couple of doubles to Pedro Alvarez, a few singles, as well, but didn’t walk anybody. The cherry on that sundae was the ten strikeouts he posted. Curt Casali supplied all the offense garnering RBI on a double and a hit by pitch, and the pen was surprisingly lockdown. I know it’s just the end of April, but this is a site I could get used to if any of these guys could get real rest this year:

It took a complete game to emerge victorious against a division rival, and that is what the Rays provided. Here’s to seeing a lot more complete games from the team this year. Here’s some highlights:


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