Rays All-Time Lists

Tampa Bay Rays Best Pitching Seasons #12-11

By Austin Reimann
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 15: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays checks a runner at first base against the Boston Red Sox July 15, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 15: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays checks a runner at first base against the Boston Red Sox July 15, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 03: (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images).                                                                        James Shields makes his first appearance on the list at #12. He again proved to be a workhorse along side 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price, throwing over 200 innings and winning 15 games.
ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 03: (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images).                                                                        James Shields makes his first appearance on the list at #12. He again proved to be a workhorse along side 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price, throwing over 200 innings and winning 15 games. /

James Shields pitched seven seasons and started 217 games in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform, and nearly half of those seasons made it on this list. 2012 was his third best season in a Rays uniform, one where he won fifteen games eclipsed 200 innings, all while posting an earned run that hovered around 3.50.

Breakdown:

  • Record: 15-10
  • E.R.A.: 3.56
  • IP: 227.2
  • WHIP: 1.168
  • K: 223
  • WAR: 2.6

Over the course of his seven years with the Rays, James Shields was a model of consistency churning out six consecutive seasons of 200 innings pitched or more. 2012 was his final year in Tampa Bay and it didn’t disappoint. Packing a dominant 1-2 punch with David Price, leading the Rays to their fourth ninety win season in five years.

More is to come from James Shields later on down the list, but his 2012 campaign gives us a glimpse into just how good his remaining seasons must have been.

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