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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 – APRIL 06: (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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#2 David Price’s 2012

To this point, David Price is the only Rays pitcher to ever win the Cy Young award. His 2012 was the best season in Rays history prior to 2018. A 20 game winner in 2012, Price also received MVP votes and made a third All-Star appearance in three years.

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Breakdown:

  • Record: 20-5
  • ERA: 2.56
  • IP: 211
  • ERA+: 150
  • K: 205
  • WAR: 6.6

David Price, who finished second in the Cy Young voting in 2010, was not to be denied in 2012. Dominating hitters with ease, Price was brilliant in 2012.

Leading the league in ERA and finishing tied for the lead in wins, Price fully deserved his first and only Cy Young award. His 2012 W, ERA, WAR, and ERA+ all rank second of all time, and you can guess who leads all those categories now.

In a truly dominant season, not only in Rays history but league wide in 2012, Price added to his lengthy resume and cemented his name in Rays history as one of the top pitchers to ever take the mound wearing a Tampa Bay Rays jersey.

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