Rays Final End of the Year Statistics for 2008
Worst part of this list the the fact that Rays starter Scott Kazmir did not end up with enough innings to post on the final tally sheets for some of the pitching categories for the years based on his total innings pitched.
Kazmir missed making the list by a small margin, but you know baseball, it is all about the statistics. I am going to take the next couple of paragraphs to show you where he would have ranked among the league’s leaders if his innings were on par with them.
Kazmir would have been the American League’s number 2 pitcher with the lowest opponent’s batting average, at .220 for the year. The only pitcher to have a lower average is Boston’s ALCS starter, Diasuke Matsuzaka.
Kazmir would have also been the American League leader in strikeout/ 9 innings at 9.81 for the year, but Toronto’s A J Burnett holds down that spot with 9.39 Strikeouts /9 innings. They were the only 2 AL pitchers to top 9 strikeouts per 9 innings. Kazmir also would have been 2nd in the AL leader in hits per 9 innings at 7.27, and was again topped by only Matzusaka.
So as you can see, Kazmir actually had a better year than we have given him credit for at times. He is just trying to find a healthy medium from being a pure power pitcher to becoming a better pitching artist to use deceotion along with his speed to beat the opposition. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s list the Rays leaders, and their ranking in the American League for 2008.
Rays Offensive Number for 2008
Category______________Player_______ __Statistic____AL Ranking
Batting Average Akinora Iwamura .274 40th
Home Runs Carlos Pena 31 11th
RBI’s Carlos Pena 102 10th
Runs Akinora Iwamura 91 22nd
Hits Akinora Iwamura 172 19th
Stolen Bases B J Upton 44 2nd
Doubles B J Upton 37 17th
Caught Stealing B J Upton 14 1st
Triples Carl Crawford** 10 2nd
Akinora Iwamura 9 3rd
Slugging % Evan Longoria .531 8th
** Carl Crawford missed almost the final 2 months of the season and still ended up 2nd in the American League in triples.
Rays Pitching Honors for 2008
Wins Edwin Jackson 14 wins 11th
James Shields 14 wins 11th
ERA James Shields 3.56 12th
Complete Games James Shields 3 5th
Matt Garza 3 5th
Shutouts Matt Garza 2 3rd
James Shields 2 3rd
Strikeouts Scott Kazmir 166 10th
Opp. Average Matt Garza .245 9th
K/9 innings James Shields 6.70 18th
Game App. Dan Wheeler 70 11th
Games Starts James Shields 33 5th
Innings Pitched James Shields 215.0 6th
Saves Troy Percival 28 9th
Pick-offs Scott Kazmir 4 8th
So as you can see, the Rays did have some people up in the top slots for the American League’s 2008 Final Statistics of the season. The Rays success this year was based on their renewed starting rotation and the rebirth of the Rays’ Bullpen. Combine that with timely hitting and a great game on the basepaths, and you have a recipe for success in the season and in the shortened Playoff format.
We do not know how far the Rays will go in this years Post Season, but you can bet that where ever and what ever position they end up in this year, it will be a year to remember in Tampa Bay.