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Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Pitching Seasons Ever

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 23: Pitcher James Shields #33 (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 23: Pitcher James Shields #33 (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /

#3 James Shields’ 2011

Only one word can describe James Shields’ effort on the mound in 2011 and that word is workhorse. James Shields was outstanding in 2011, leading the Rays back to the playoffs for a third time in four years.

Breakdown:

  • Record: 16-12
  • ERA: 2.82
  • IP: 249.1
  • ERA+: 134
  • K: 225
  • WAR: 5.8

Making his first and only All-Star team, James Shields threw more innings than a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher ever has. His 5.8 WAR is tied for third and his 16 wins and are tied for fifth all time. His 2.82 ERA stands alone at fifth all time and his 134 ERA+ ranks sixth in Rays history.

Shields threw 11 complete games, yes 11!  His 11 complete games and 4 shutouts are the most all time by a Rays pitcher. His 11 complete games are the most since Randy Johnson‘s 12 in 1999.

Never in Rays history has a pitcher shouldered such a workload as Shields did. He didn’t just shoulder the workload, he dominated opponents. During a truly historic year on the mound, James stamped his name in the Rays record books and cemented his name as one of the best Tampa Bay Ray pitchers of all time.

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