Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays Statistics Overview
The Tampa Bay Rays were established in 1998 and played their home games at Tropicana Field. They are a member of the American League East Division. The Rays have never won the World Series but won the 2008 American League Pennant. The franchise has appeared in the MLB playoffs on three occasions and has an overall record of 1103-1324. Their biggest rivals are the Boston Red Sox.
Last Four MLB Seasons
2013 Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds
To Win the World Series: +1800
To Win the National League: +1000
Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Betting Statistics
Straight Up: 90-72
Against the line: 78-82
Over vs Under: 64-90-8
Tampa Bay Rays Betting History
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2013 Tampa Bay Rays Schedule
The Tampa Bay Rays will play 162 games during the MLB schedule. The Rays start the season with two seasons at home before a road trip to play arch rivals the Boston Red Sox. Despite their recent success the Rays have the lowest average attendances in the league and their management will be desperately hoping that Tampa Bay Rays ticket sales improve this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Franchise History:
The Tampa Bay Rays joined the American League as an expansion franchise in 1998. The Rays had very little success in their first decade in the league; finishing nine of their first ten seasons at the bottom of the American League East Division. In 2008, the franchise produced one of the most stunning reversal of form in Major League Baseball history and qualified for the playoffs for the first time. The Rays went on a remarkable run all the way to the World Series but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. The franchise proved this wasn’t a fluke by following it up with another winning season before claiming another division title in 2010. Since 2008, the Rays haven’t had a losing season and have been consistent contenders in the American League.
Tampa Bay Rays Offensive Star: Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria was selected with the third overall pick of the 2006 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Longoria made rapid progress through the minor leagues and made his MLB debut in 2008. Longoria had an exceptional rookie campaign and was selected for the MLB All-Star Game and was named American League Rookie of the Year. Longoria had another stellar year in 2009 and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. The third baseman has been affected by injuries in recent seasons and has developed a reputation as one of the most injury prone players in the league. Longoria will be hoping to have an injury free season in 2013 and return to the All-Star caliber form that he is capable of.
Tampa Bay Rays Defensive Star: David Price
David Price was selected with the first overall pick of the 2007 MLB draft. Price went straight onto the Rays major league and was the franchises closing pitcher during their run to the World Series. Price became a part of the Rays starting rotation in 2009 and finished the year with a solid record. In 2010, Price started the season with a bang and was rewarded with selection for the MLB All-Star game. Last season Price was the standout pitcher in the American League and won the Cy Young Award after finishing the year with an exceptional 2.54 ERA. The scary thing for his opponents is that Price continues to improve and is set to be an elite pitcher in Major League Baseball for the next decade.
Tampa Bay Rays Manager: Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Angels and on two occasions was named interim manager of the franchise. In 2005, Maddon was named manager of the struggling Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays continued to struggle in Maddon’s first two years in charge but in 2008 he oversaw the biggest form turnaround in MLB history and led the Rays all the way to the World Series. Maddon was named American League Manager of the Year and won the award again in 2011. The Rays have not had a losing season for half a decade making Maddon’s job one of the most secure in Major League Baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays - MLB Team StatisticsLeague: American
Ballpark: Tropicana Field
World Series Titles: 0
League Pennants: 1 (2008)
Division Titles: 2 (2008, 2010)
Playoff Appearances: 3 (2008, 2010, 2011)
Overall Record: 1103-1324
Biggest Rivals: Boston Red Sox
Manager: Joe Maddon
General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Legenday Players: Wade Boggs, Aubrey Huff, Aaron Ledesma
Tampa Bay Rays Schedule - MLB 2013