Looking back at the 2022 Tampa Bay Rays

by Gary Shelton on October 13, 2022

in general

Thursday, 4 a.m.

5 Thoughts

  1. For the Rays, the convenient way to remember 2022 is the absurd amount of injuries the team had. But if they had never had an injury, the hitting still would have been lousy. Guys, run prevention is a dandy idea. So is run production.

2. I know he's at the top of his game, and I know he has a big payday coming up. But no, I would not trade Randy Arozarena.

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3. Show of hands: Who thinks the Rays will be a good hitting team next season? Me, neither.

4. I know that overall, the team did well to reach the playoffs despite the payroll and the injuries. But is there any way we can hang the banner at half-staff?

5. Before we fall all over each other praising the bullpen, consider this: The Rays led the major leagues with 36 blown saves.

5 Places They Lost It

At the plate: The Rays hit .239 this season.

On the base paths: The Rays were the worst team running the bases, amassing 73 outs (not counting being caught stealing or being picked off).

With power: The Rays were 25th in the majors in home runs.

Against last-place teams: The Rays were just 20-16 against last-place teams.

On the road: The Rays were 35-46 away from the Trop.

5 Easy Outs

Taylor Walls .172

Jonathan Aranda .192

Isaac Paredes .205

Brandon Lowe .221

Mike Zunino .148

Most Strikeouts

Randy Arozarena 156

Ji-Man Choi 123

Taylor Walls 120

Brett Phillips 86

Harold Ramirez 72

Best WAR

Shane McClanahan 4.34

Jeffrey Springs 3.60

Yandy Diaz 3.5

Drew Rasmussen 2.9

Randy Arozarena 2.8

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