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Tampa Bay Rays #14-13 Top 15 Pitching Seasons

By Austin Reimann
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 13: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 13, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rays defeated the Twins 3-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 13: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 13, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rays defeated the Twins 3-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 2: Closing pitcher Fernando Rodney #56 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 2: Closing pitcher Fernando Rodney #56 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Fernando Rodney makes his only appearance on the list at #13. The iconic angle of the bill of his hat turned slightly to the left and the save celebration that Rays fans saw 48 times in 2012 only represent the dominance that was Rodney’s 2012.

Fernando Rodney’s dominance on the mound as the Tampa Bay Rays closer is unmatched in Rays history. Rodney saved a career high 48 games in 2012 while posting an earned run average below one. Below one doesn’t do Rodney justice though, since in 2012, he posted a sub .61 earned run average.

Breakdown:

  • Saves: 48
  • Blown Saves: 2
  • E.R.A.: .60
  • IP: 74.2
  • WHIP: .777
  • WAR: 3.7

Rodney’s 2012 campaign proved to be the most dominant year in his career, posting at the time, career highs in ERA+, and saves. A career best ERA and WHIP. He surrendered nine runs, only five of those earned, over the course of 74.2 innings. To show just how dominant Rodney was, he was an All-Star three times, in 2012 his ERA+ was 641, the other two all star appearances in 2014 and 2016, his ERA+ didn’t exceed 130.

Like Soriano, Rodney was an All-Star and received Cy Young and MVP votes. Finishing in 5th place on the Cy Young ballot behind Verlander, Felix Hernandez, and Jered Weaver, and his teammate, 2012 Cy Young award winner David Price. His 5th place finish marks the highest a Rays closer has ever finished on the Cy Young ballot. Rodney finished 13th on the MVP ballot behind 12th place finisher, David Price.

Fernando Rodney pitched two seasons in Tampa Bay, etching his name in Rays history though in 2012. Rodney’s 2012 campaign  was dominance in its purest form.

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