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Tampa Bay Rays Top 15 Individual Pitching Seasons Ever: #15

By Austin Reimann
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated after he is replaced against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on September 26, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated after he is replaced against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on September 26, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG – JULY 26: The scoreboard after the game between the Tampa Bay Rays of the Detroit Tigers where Matt Garza #22 threw a no hitter at Tropicana Field on July 26, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tampa Bay beat Detroit 5-0. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG – JULY 26: The scoreboard after the game between the Tampa Bay Rays of the Detroit Tigers where Matt Garza #22 threw a no hitter at Tropicana Field on July 26, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tampa Bay beat Detroit 5-0. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /

Matt Garza makes his first appearance on the list at #15. Garza’s 2010 season was his last in a Rays uniform and he made sure to leave a lasting impression.

Matt Garza’s tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays lasted three years from 2008 to 2010. All three seasons in Tampa, Garza posted earned run averages below 4.00 and won a combined 34 games. All three of his seasons proved to be successful but his 2008 (which will show up later on the list) and 2010 seasons made the list.

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Breakdown:

  • Record: 15-10
  • E.R.A.: 3.91
  • WHIP: 1.251
  • IP: 204.2
  • K: 150
  • WAR: 3.4

Matt Garza’s 2010 season which consisted of the only no-hitter in Rays history and fifteen wins got off to a great start. In each of his first three starts, he threw eight innings, and gave up two runs or less. In the final of the three, he would throw eight shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox.

In what proved to be a relatively inconsistent year on the mound, he consistently worked deep into ballgames, throwing seven innings or more sixteen times and working at least six innings twenty one times out of his 30 starts.

July 26th, 2010 proved to be a day for the record books. Facing the Detroit Tigers,  Garza would strikeout six Detroit batters and not allow a single hit while surrendering the only baserunner of the game by way of the walk. On a personal note, I was at the game and remember coming home and realizing that the palms of my hands were bruised due to my constant beating of the seat in front of me.

In 2010, Matt Garza would provide the Rays with the only no hitter in franchise history, over 200 innings on the mound and 15 wins en route to their second AL East title in three years.

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