Frustration would be a good way to describe the 2012 season for the Tampa Bay Rays during their 15th year as a team. For the first time since 2009, they did not make the playoffs, though they had ample opportunities to reach that goal.
The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A's ended up with better-than-usual seasons, thus getting in the way for the playoffs.
Injuries plagued many of the key players, including Evan Longoria early in the season. Fifteen players from the 40-man roster spent time on the disabled list throughout the season. Offense was the weakest link for the Rays as it has been in years past. Carlos Pena, Luke Scott, and Sean Rodriguez under-performed, with Pena as the worst offender. The first baseman's stats hit an MLB low with a .197 batting average, a career-low RBI total of 62, and only 19 home runs.
The good news was the pitching. Starting pitchers David Price and James Shields excelled for the Rays, with Price garnering 20 games wins and posting a 2.56 ERA through 211 innings. Shields proved he's one of the most consistent starters in the league. His 15-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 227.2 innings pitched says it all.
Regular Season Finish: 3rd place in AL East
Overall Record: 90-72
Pitching: ERA (3.19), WHIP (1.17), BAA (.266), and strikeouts (1,383, an all-time AL team strikeout record)
James Shields: Strikeouts - 223
Fernando Rodney: Saves - 48
Joel Peralta: Holds - 37
Batting Average: T-27th (.240), Ben Zobrist (.270)
Runs: 18th (697) in MLB, B.J. Upton (28)
Hits: Ben Zobrist (151)
RBIs: 17th (665), B.J. Upton (78)
OBP: Bez Zobrist .377
Walks: 1st (571)
Stolen Bases: T-5th (134), T-2nd in AL, Desmond Jennings/B.J. Upton (31)
AL Awards: Fernando Rodney (AL Comeback Player of the Year and Delivery Man of the Year)
Maxine has been a Rays fan since their inception when they were first called the Devil Rays. She has stuck with them through thick and thin, with the 2012 season being the latter.
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