When a franchise produces names like David Price, James Shields, and Scott Kazmir with the frequency the Tampa Bay Rays have, they gain a reputation for developing top-tier talent on the mound.
The arrival of Scott Kazmir in 2004 was just the beginning of a period of pitching excellency in Tampa Bay that has yet to end. Spanning over parts of fourteen years, generating, to this point a Cy Young Award, countless all star appearances, a Rookie of the Year, and yearly league leaders in numerous statistical categories.
Over the short history of this franchise, great pitchers have donned the Devil Rays uniforms of the past and the Rays uniforms of the present, taking the mound with force and dominating hitters with regularity. By now, pitching excellency has come to be expected in Tampa Bay.
In the following days I will unveil what I believe to be the best individual pitching seasons in Tampa Bay Rays history. The list spans from 2007 to 2018 and includes two closers and thirteen starting pitchers. James Shields had three of his seasons make the list while David Price and Matt Garza each had two seasons make the list.
In total, the pitchers on the list that will follow combined for over 2,730 innings pitched and struck out 2518 batters, combining to go 217-108 over the fifteen individual seasons and the closers saved 93 of a possible 98 chances.