2011 Tampa Bay Rays season

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2011 Tampa Bay Rays
A.L. Wild Card winners
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Stuart Sternberg
Manager(s) Joe Maddon
Local television Sun Sports
(Dewayne Staats, Brian Anderson)
Local radio Tampa Bay Rays Radio Network, Andy Freed, Dave Wills (English)
Genesis 680 (Spanish)
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The Tampa Bay Rays 2011 season was the team's 14th season of baseball. Despite starting the season 0-6 and trailing the Boston Red Sox by 9 games as late in the season as September 1, the Rays captured the AL Wild Card and made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. However, they lost to the Texas Rangers in four games in the Division Series, the second year in a row they lost to Texas in the first round of the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

The Rays declined the options of reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Willy Aybar, and added Elliot Johnson to the 40-man roster on November 3, 2010. Becoming a free agent, Wheeler stated that he was open to re-sign with the Rays, saying the two sides talked about "keeping the lines of communication open." Aybar is eligible for arbitration, and therefore remains under the team's control.[1]

Seven of the Rays' nine free agents were offered arbitration on November 23, 2010. Those players were left fielder Carl Crawford, utility player Brad Hawpe, and relievers Grant Balfour, Rafael Soriano, Randy Choate, Chad Qualls, and Joaquín Benoit. All seven players declined arbitration.[2] First baseman Carlos Peña and reliever Dan Wheeler were the two players not offered arbitration.

On December 3, 2010, the Rays tendered first baseman Dan Johnson, while infielder Willy Aybar, catcher Dioner Navarro, and relievers Lance Cormier and J. P. Howell were nontendered.[3] Howell, who missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury and will reportedly miss the beginning of April in 2011,[4] was expected to re-sign with the team,[3] and did so on December 14.[5]

The Rays lost first baseman Carlos Peña when he signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 2010.[6]

Left Fielder Carl Crawford, who had played in the Rays organization his entire career since being drafted in 1999, signed with the Boston Red Sox on December 9, 2010. Crawford had been considered one of the top free agents during the offseason, and agreed to a 7-year $142 million deal with Boston, making him the second-highest paid outfielder and the 10th-highest paid player overall in baseball history.[7]

Relief pitcher Randy Choate signed a two-year contract with the Florida Marlins on December 15, 2010.[8] A day later, the Rays signed former Washington Nationals reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year, $600,000 deal.[9]

Shortstop Jason Bartlett was reported to have been traded to the San Diego Padres for two minor league relievers on December 8, 2010, but the trade was not actually completed until December 17. When the transaction was finally made, it was learned that the Rays would give up Bartlett and a player to be named later in exchange for three relievers and one infielder.[10]

Relief pitcher Dan Wheeler departed when he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red sox.[11]

On January 8, 2011, the Rays completed a trade with the Chicago Cubs, sending starting pitcher Matt Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez, and minor league pitcher Zach Rosscup in exchange for five minor league prospects.[12]

Closer Rafael Soriano, who led the American League with 45 saves in 2010 with the Rays, signed a 3-year $35 million deal with the New York Yankees on January 14.[13]

The Rays added to their bullpen on January 15, with the signing of Kyle Farnsworth. The contract was worth $3.25 million for one year, with a club option for 2012.[14]

On January 21, it was reported that the Rays had agreed to terms with veteran outfielders/designated hitters Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. Both contracts were for one year, with Damon signing for $5.25 million, while Ramirez's deal was worth only $2 million.[15]

Summary[edit]

April[edit]

Third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 for a strained left oblique. Manager Joe Maddon said he expected him to be out for three weeks. Felipe López was called up to replace him on the roster.[16] RHP Mike Ekstrom was designated for assignment to make room for López on the 40-man roster.[17]

Prior to their game on April 8, it was announced that Manny Ramirez was retiring. Ramirez, who appeared in five games with the Rays, had one hit in 17 at-bats. His decision to go into retirement was related to a positive test for a banned substance. Had he not retired, he would have faced a 100-game suspension.[18]

The Rays started the season 0–6, their worst start in franchise history, but finished the month of April with a record of 15–12, 1½ games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Rays became the first team in league history to start the season 0–6 and finish April with a winning record.[19]

May[edit]

When Evan Longoria was activated from the disabled list on May 3, the Rays designated infielder Felipe López for assignment.[20] López cleared waivers, accepting an assignment to Triple-A Durham.[21]

For his actions during a May 4 game, center fielder B. J. Upton was suspended for two games and fined $1,500. Upton was ejected during that game for arguing with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild over a called strikeout. After being tossed from the game, Upton began yelling at the umpire, throwing his batting helmet and batting gloves to the ground, and had to be restrained by bench coach Dave Martinez and third base coach Tom Foley. Upton appealed the suspension when it was announced on May 7.[22] He would end up serving the two-game suspension, which began on May 12.[23]

Starting pitcher Jeff Niemann was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 6. Outfielder Brandon Guyer was called up to take the open roster spot.[24] In his first major-league at-bat, Guyer hit a home run, becoming the second player in Rays history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat.[25] Guyer was optioned back to Durham on May 8 when the Rays recalled relief pitcher Rob Delaney.[26]

First baseman Dan Johnson was designated for assignment by the Rays on May 20, and relief pitcher Rob Delaney was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Johnson had a .115 batting average with one home run and three RBIs in 25 games. He cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Durham on May 24.[27] Taking one of the open spots on the roster was relief pitcher J. P. Howell, who returned to the team more than a full year after undergoing shoulder surgery. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano was also called up.[28]

Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was named the American League Rookie of the Month as well as Pitcher of the Month. Hellickson complied a 4–1 record with a 1.36 ERA. He surrendered only five earned runs in 33 innings pitched, and struck out 23 batters. He limited opponents to a .168 batting average.[29]

The Rays went 14–13 in May, improving to 29–25 overall, 1½ games behind first place in the division.

June[edit]

Starting pitcher James Shields surpassed the franchise record for complete games in a season on June 20 after throwing his sixth complete game.[30]

At the end of the month, the Rays were 45–36, having gone 16–11 in June. They were third in the division, four games behind the lead.

July[edit]

Starting pitchers David Price and James Shields, as well as outfielder Matt Joyce, were all named to the American League All-Star team on July 3. Infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist was one of the five players in the running for the Final Vote, but did not win.[31] Joyce would be the only player to participate in the All-Star Game, as Price was suffering from turf toe, and Shields was ineligible to pitch after starting two days before the All-Star Game.

Catcher John Jaso was placed on the disabled list on July 15 with a right oblique strain. José Lobatón was called up from the minors.[32]

Starting pitcher Wade Davis was placed on the disabled list on July 7. Relief pitcher Brandon Gomes was recalled from the minors to take his spot on the roster.[33]

On July 17, in a nationally televised game, the Rays hosted the Boston Red Sox in a 16-inning game that lasted 5 hours and 42 minutes, ending at 1:35 a.m. EDT. It was the longest game in the history of the franchise in terms of time played, and matched the longest game by number of innings. It was also the latest a game ended in franchise history. The Rays became the first team since 1919 to have only three base hits in a game lasting 16 or more innings. The Rays lost 1–0. Following the game, catcher José Lobatón was placed on the disabled list. Robinson Chirinos took his spot on the roster.[34] Manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the 11th inning for arguing an earlier check swing call during a pitching change and bench coach Dave Martinez was tossed later in the inning for unsportsmanlike conduct.[35]

On July 18, relief pitcher Adam Russell was designated for assignment, while relief pitcher Juan Cruz was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Relievers Alex Cobb and Alex Torres were recalled from the minors.[36]

The Rays ended July with an 11–15 record, falling to 56–51 overall. They were still third place in the division, but dropped to 10½ games behind the lead.

August[edit]

On August 10, it was announced that starting pitcher Alex Cobb would have to undergo surgery to remove a blockage in his ribs, which would cause him to miss the remainder of the season.[37]

The Rays went 18–10 in August, going into the final month of the season in third place in the division and nine games behind for the lead.

September and Game 162[edit]

Trailing the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wild Card by nine games as late as September 3. Historically, no team had qualified for the postseason after facing a deficit that large in the month of September. The Rays defeated the Red Sox in six out of seven games the teams played against each other in September, pulling into a tie for the Wild Card on September 26, with only two games remaining in the regular season. On September 28, the Rays won the final game against the Yankees in spectacular fashion. Trailing 5–0 after just two innings and 7–0 going into the 8th inning (during which many fans left the stadium), the Rays loaded the bases with no outs. Pinch hitter Sam Fuld then drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the Rays first run of the game. Sean Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch to score the second run. After a one-out sacrifice fly by B.J. Upton, making the score 7–3, Evan Longoria came to the plate and hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall, a three-run shot that cut the deficit to 7–6. Then in the bottom of the ninth inning, after the first two Rays batters struck out, pinch hitter Dan Johnson, never known for his hitting abilities and sporting just a .108 average for the season, hit a home run on a 2–2 count to tie the game at 7–7. The game then played for three more innings before the Rays capped their remarkable comeback in the bottom of the 12th, clinching their third ever franchise postseason berth, winning the Wild Card when Evan Longoria again stepped to the plate, and hit a walk-off home run down the left field line which barely cleared the lowest wall in the park, giving the Rays an 8–7 victory.[38][39]

Game 162 is commemorated in two ways in Tropicana Field. There is 162 Landing a designation in the left field corner where Longoria's playoff-clinching home run landed. The area is located off Left Field Street where Evan Longoria's 12th-inning walk-off homer landed September 28 to beat the Yankees and propel Tampa Bay to the postseason. The entrance to 162 Landing is open to the public and includes a recap of the events here and at Camden Yards from that night, video highlights and interviews, photos and displays. There also is a white seat in the right field corner commemorating where Dan Johnson's two-out, two-strike game-tying homer landed in the bottom of the ninth. Section 140, Seat 10, Row T.

Insights from pitcher James Shields and sports writer Bill Chastain in their book, September Nights, are a baseball classic in Tampa Bay.[40]

Season standings[edit]

AL East
W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 65 .599 52–29 45–36
Tampa Bay Rays 91 71 .562 6 47–34 44–37
Boston Red Sox 90 72 .556 7 45–36 45–36
Toronto Blue Jays 81 81 .500 16 42–39 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 .426 28 39–42 30–51


Record vs. opponents[edit]

American League East
American League Central
American League West
Team Record
Baltimore Orioles 9–9
Boston Red Sox 12–6
Chicago White Sox 4–4
Cleveland Indians 4–2
Detroit Tigers 1–6
Kansas City Royals 5–2
Los Angeles Angels 4–4
Minnesota Twins 7–3
New York Yankees 9–9
Oakland Athletics 2–5
Seattle Mariners 6–4
Texas Rangers 4–5
Toronto Blue Jays 12–6
Interleague play 12–6

Roster[edit]

2011 Tampa Bay Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

The Rays opened the 2011 season at home against the Baltimore Orioles for the second consecutive season.[41]

Legend
  Rays win
  Rays loss
  Postponement
Bold Rays team member

Regular season[edit]

2011 Game Log

Postseason[edit]

2011 Postseason Game Log

Statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BA = Batting Average; OBP= On-Base percentage SB = Stolen Bases

Rk Pos Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA OBP
1 C Kelly Shoppach 31 87 221 23 39 3 0 11 22 0 .176 .268
2 1B Casey Kotchman* 28 146 500 44 153 24 2 10 48 2 .306 .378
3 2B Ben Zobrist# 30 156 588 99 158 46 6 20 91 19 .269 .353
4 SS Reid Brignac* 25 92 249 18 48 4 0 1 15 3 .193 .227
5 3B Evan Longoria 25 133 483 78 118 26 1 31 99 3 .244 .355
6 LF Sam Fuld* 29 105 308 41 74 18 5 3 27 20 .240 .313
7 CF B.J. Upton 26 153 560 82 136 27 4 23 81 36 .243 .331
8 RF Matthew Joyce* 26 141 462 69 128 32 2 19 75 13 .277 .347
9 DH Johnny Damon* 37 150 582 79 152 29 7 16 73 19 .261 .326
10 IF Sean Rodriguez 26 131 373 45 83 20 3 8 36 11 .223 .323
11 LF Desmond Jennings 24 63 247 44 64 9 4 10 25 20 .259 .356
12 C John Jaso* 27 89 246 26 55 15 1 5 27 1 .224 .298
13 SS Elliot Johnson# 27 70 160 20 31 7 2 4 17 6 .194 .257
14 LF Justin Ruggiano 29 46 105 11 26 4 0 4 13 1 .248 .273
15 3B Felipe López# 31 32 97 8 21 4 0 2 8 1 .216 .248
16 1B Dan Johnson* 31 31 84 7 10 1 0 2 4 0 .119 .187
17 C Robinson Chirinos 27 20 55 4 12 2 0 1 7 0 .218 .283
18 UT Brandon Guyer 25 15 41 7 8 1 0 2 3 0 .195 .214
19 C José Lobatón# 26 15 34 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 .118 .231
20 DH Manny Ramirez 39 5 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .059 .059
21 Russ Canzler 25 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .400

Source: Baseball-Reference.com[42]

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games Started; CG= Complete Games; SV = Saves; IP = Innings Pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts; K/BB= Strikeout to Walk Ratio

Rk Age W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/BB
1 James Shields 29 16 12 2.82 33 33 11 0 249.1 195 83 78 26 65 225 3.46
2 David Price* 25 12 13 3.49 34 34 0 0 224.1 192 93 87 22 63 218 3.46
3 Jeremy Hellickson 24 13 10 2.95 29 29 2 0 189.0 146 64 62 21 72 117 1.63
4 Wade Davis 25 11 10 4.45 29 29 1 0 184.0 190 96 91 23 63 105 1.67
5 Jeff Niemann 28 11 7 4.06 23 23 1 0 135.1 131 65 61 18 37 105 2.84
6 Kyle Farnsworth 35 5 1 2.18 63 0 0 25 57.2 45 15 14 5 12 51 4.25
7 Joel Peralta 35 3 4 2.93 71 0 0 6 67.2 44 23 22 7 18 61 3.39
8 Juan Cruz 32 5 0 3.88 56 0 0 0 48.2 36 21 21 5 28 46 1.64
9 Cesar Ramos* 27 0 1 3.92 59 0 0 0 43.2 36 22 19 4 25 31 1.24
10 J.P. Howell* 28 2 3 6.16 46 0 0 1 30.2 30 24 21 5 18 26 1.44
11 Alex Cobb 23 3 2 3.42 9 9 0 0 52.2 49 21 20 3 21 37 1.76
12 Brandon Gomes 26 2 1 2.92 40 0 0 0 37.0 34 15 12 3 16 32 2.00
13 Andy Sonnanstine 28 0 2 5.55 15 4 0 0 35.2 40 22 22 10 12 12 1.00
14 Adam Russell 28 1 2 3.03 36 0 0 0 32.2 31 13 11 2 20 13 0.65
15 Jake McGee* 24 5 2 4.50 37 0 0 0 28.0 30 14 14 5 12 27 2.25
16 Matt Moore* 22 1 0 2.89 3 1 0 0 9.1 9 3 3 1 3 15 5.00
17 Alexander Torres* 23 1 1 3.38 4 0 0 0 8.0 8 4 3 0 7 9 1.29
18 Dane De La Rosa 28 0 0 9.82 7 0 0 0 7.1 10 8 8 1 3 8 2.67
19 Rob Delaney 26 0 0 10.80 4 0 0 0 5.0 4 6 6 0 7 3 0.43
20 Jay Buente 27 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0.50
21 Mike Ekstrom 27 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Source: Baseball-Reference.com[42]

American League Division Series vs. Texas[edit]

Game 1, September 30[edit]

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 9 11 0
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Matt Moore (1–0)   LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1)
Home runs:
TB: Johnny Damon (1), Kelly Shoppach 2 (2)
TEX: None

Game 2, October 1[edit]

7:07 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 6 9 0
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 1 X 8 10 1
WP: Derek Holland (1–0)   LP: James Shields (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (1)
Home runs:
TB: Matt Joyce (1), Evan Longoria (1)
TEX: Mitch Moreland (1)

Game 3, October 3[edit]

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 9 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 0
WP: Colby Lewis (1–0)   LP: David Price (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (2)
Home runs:
TEX: Mike Napoli (1)
TB: Desmond Jennings 2 (2)

Game 4, October 4[edit]

2:07 p.m. (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 6 0
Tampa Bay 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
WP: Matt Harrison (1-0)   LP: Jeremy Hellickson (0-1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (3)
Home runs:
TEX: Ian Kinsler (1), Adrián Beltré 3 (3)
TB: None


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Durham Bulls International League Charlie Montoyo
AA Montgomery Biscuits Southern League Billy Gardner, Jr.
A Charlotte Stone Crabs Florida State League Jim Morrison
A Bowling Green Hot Rods Midwest League Brady Williams
Short-Season A Hudson Valley Renegades New York-Penn League Jared Sandberg
Rookie Princeton Rays Appalachian League Mike Johns
Rookie GCL Rays Gulf Coast League Joe Alvarez

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