There were some tough losses in week 4, but the Rays still added two to the win column, due in large part to the near flawless efforts of the long relievers in the bullpen. A combined 14.0 scoreless innings pitched from Austin Pruitt, Erasmo Ramirez and Chase Whitley kept every game close, but only one can be the MVP per game. Here’s who you voted for:
The #Rays beat the Astros, 6-3!!! You know what that means, who was the MVP?— DRaysBay (@draysbay) April 23, 2017
Austin Pruitt didn’t allow a single batter to reach base in 2.1 clean innings of work on 22 April, good for a 1.26 FIP on the night. He earned the win and the majority of your votes for a game ball as well.
The Rays bullpen threw a 2-hitter last night. Who was the MVP?— DRaysBay (@draysbay) April 26, 2017
Then three days later he started a game that was expected to be rained out and provided a 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R performance on only 32 pitches. That set the tone as the rest of the bullpen went 6 innings of 1 hit ball behind him. Pruitt’s efforts won the vast majority of your votes.
This week Austin Pruitt takes both game balls available, and unseats Steven Souza Jr. as the leader on the season with a total of three.
Austin Pruitt - 3
Steven Souza Jr. - 2
Matt Andriese - 1
Chris Archer - 1
Alex Cobb - 1
Alex Colome - 1
Logan Morrison - 1
Mallex Smith - 1
Pretty crazy to think that many of us were ready to option Pruitt back to Durham or even straight up DFA him off the team after his rough start to the regular season. I am guilty of quickly forgetting how good he looked in spring training and all throughout the minors to earn that opening day spot on the roster. Now that he’s settled in it looks like he could end up being a significant major league contributor for a long time.
Thanks again to everyone that voted. If you want to get involved, hop on twitter, follow @draysbay and look for polls after every Rays win.