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.
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: