Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
AL East Division3rd5th5th2nd
American League 7th14th11th5th
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Matt Moore will be back next season, joining Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi in a pretty nice little rotation.
For the first time since dropping the word "Devil" from their name, they are (probably) going to have a losing record. And the Devil Rays never had a winning record.
There's a $7.5 million option on Ben Zobrist before he hits free agency next year. They pick that up and try to trade him, right?
Wil Myers has been a major disappointment, but sophomore slump is a cliche for a reason. He's only 23. He'll be fine.
Kevin Kiermaier would have a shot at Rookie of the Year in the NL. In the AL, he's not even gonna be close to Jose Abreu. Wrong place, wrong time.
In four starts (small sample!) since the David Price trade, Drew Smyly has a 1.55 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. He's under team control through 2018. Rays gonna Ray.
The only players with a higher strikeout rate than Brad Boxberger are Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller and Kenley Jansen.
After the disaster that was his 2013 season and ensuing elbow surgery, the work from Jeremy Hellickson so far has to be encouraging, especially his past two outings (1 ER in 13 IP).
Since last ranking they've lost 5 of 6 and traded David Price. So much for the surge.
I still don't think they will, though I think they can, but it definitely wouldn't be shocking to see them make the playoffs. Remarkable turnaround. I struggle with where to put them, because body of work absolutely counts and the offense is still suspect. So ranking them top five would be a bit silly, but they're 29-12 (best in MLB) since falling to 18 games under .500 and are 9-1 since the All-Star break, including 4-0 against the Brewers and Cardinals. We'll settle here and let you guys all argue about it. Can I request that the crowd who only focuses on overall record immediately gets mocked?
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJames Loney , 1B.290
HREvan Longoria , 3B22
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B91
OBPBen Zobrist , 2B.354
SLGEvan Longoria , 3B.404
REvan Longoria , 3B83
SBDesmond Jennings , CF15
WJake Odorizzi , SP11
ERAAlex Cobb , SP2.87
WHIPAlex Cobb , SP1.14
KJake Odorizzi , SP174
SVJake McGee , RP19
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