Rays Stats To Admire

By Dustin Staggers
  • From Tom Verducci of SI.com
  • "In its first 28 games Tampa Bay outscored its opponents by 83 runs. That’s such an absurd pace that if the Rays kept it up they would finish with a run differential of +480. For context, it would blow away the run differentials of the 1998 Yankees (+309), 1927 Yankees (+376) and 1939 Yankees (+411), three of the greatest teams of all time."

    "Wade Davis, Matt Garza, David Price and Jeff Niemann, for instance, rank 6-7-8-9 in the league for greatest percentage of fastballs."

    "The Rays are only the seventh team in the 15 full seasons with the wild-card format to go 21-7 at the start of a season. Of the previous six, five won their division, including two eventual world champions. Only the 2002 Red Sox started 21-7 and didn’t make the playoffs — and they won 93 games. And the average win total for those six teams? Try 103."

    MLB Team Hitting Rankings:  Runs – 1st, RBI’s – 1st, SB’s – 4th, OBP – 8th

    MLB Team Pitching Rankings:  ERA – 3rd, Shutouts – 2nd, ER – 3rd, WHIP – 2nd, SLG – 7th, OBA – 1st

    MLB Individual Leaders Runs:  Evan Longoria – 1st, Carl Crawford – 6th

    MLB Individual Leaders Hits:  Evan Longoria – 5th

    MLB Individual Leaders 2b:  Carl Crawford -3rd

    MLB Individual Leaders RBI: Evan Longoria – 5th

    MLB Individual Leaders TB:  Evan Longoria – 4th

    MLB Pitching Leaders IP:  Matt Garza – 4th

    MLB Pitching Leaders W’s:  Matt Garza – 2nd

    MLB Pitching Leaders K’s:  James Shields – 5th