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Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Pitching Seasons Ever

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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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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: American League All-Star Chris Archer #22 (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: American League All-Star Chris Archer #22 (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

#8 Chris Archer’s 2015

Not only was 2015 the best year in Chris Archer’s career, it was one of the best in Tampa Bay Rays history. Making his first All-Star team and a top-5 Cy Young finish shows just how dominant Chris Archer’s 2015 season really was.

Breakdown:

  • Record: 12-13
  • ERA: 3.23
  • IP: 212
  • ERA+: 121
  • K: 252
  • WAR: 4.1

Despite posting a losing record, Chris Archer was nothing short of great in 2015. He posted career highs in strikeouts, innings pitched, ERA+, and WAR. He also posted the second best earned run average of his career. His ERA and WAR ranked 6th among American League pitchers.

Like James Shields at #9, Archer was the ace and workhorse of the Rays pitching staff. He was the only pitcher to throw over 200 innings. Besides Drew Smyly, who only threw 66.2 innings, Archer led the staff in ERA+ as well.

At the 2015 All-Star game played in Cincinnati, Archer threw 1.1 innings while giving up a run on an Andrew McCutchen bomb and striking out one. Had Archer won  more games and received more run support, perhaps he would have finished higher than 5th, possibly winning the Cy Young award.

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