2018 Tampa Bay Rays Season
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2018 Tampa Bay Rays Season

2018 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays cap logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90-72 (.556)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Stuart Sternberg
Manager(s)Kevin Cash
Local televisionFox Sports Sun
Fox Sports Florida
(Dewayne Staats, Brian Anderson)
Local radioTampa Bay Rays Radio Network (English)
(Andy Freed, Dave Wills)
WGES (Spanish)
(Ricardo Taveras, Enrique Oliu)
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The Tampa Bay Rays 2018 season was the Rays' 21st season of Major League Baseball, and the 11th as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). The Rays played this season with few starting pitchers. Many games were started by pitchers normally used in relief, referred to as openers.[1] This approach saw the Rays set MLB single season records for most no decisions by starters (91)[2] and most wins by relievers (55).[3] They finished the season with a 90-72 record, their first winning season since 2013; however, for the fifth consecutive year, they failed to make the postseason. This was because the Red Sox had 108 wins for the division title, while the Yankees had 100 wins and the Athletics had 97 wins for the wild card.

Offseason

On December 11, 2017, the Rays acquired Joey Wendle in a trade in exchange for a player to be named later. One day later, the Rays traded minor leaguer Deion Tansel to the San Diego Padres for Ryan Schimpf.[4]

On December 20, 2017, the Rays traded longtime franchise player Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants for Denard Span, Christian Arroyo, and two other prospects.[5]

On February 21, 2018, the Rays were involved in a three team trade, trading Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks and receiving Anthony Banda and two PTBNL from the Diamondbacks and Nick Solak from the New York Yankees.[6] The next day, the Rays traded Corey Dickerson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Daniel Hudson, minor leaguer Tristan Gray, and $1 million.[7]

Season standings

American League East

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 108 54 0.667 -- 57-24 51-30
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 8 53-28 47-34
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 18 51-30 39-42
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 35 40-41 33-48
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0.290 61 28-53 19-62


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Boston Red Sox 108 54 0.667
Houston Astros 103 59 0.636
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 +3
Oakland Athletics 97 65 0.599 --
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 7
Seattle Mariners 89 73 0.549 8
Los Angeles Angels 80 82 0.494 17
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 19
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 24
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 30
Detroit Tigers 64 98 0.395 33
Chicago White Sox 62 100 0.383 35
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 39
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0.290 50


Record against opponents

2018 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore -- 3-16 3-4 2-5 2-4 1-6 2-4 1-5 1-6 7-12 1-5 1-6 8-11 3-4 5-14 7-13
Boston 16-3 -- 3-4 3-4 4-2 3-4 5-1 6-0 4-3 10-9 2-4 4-3 11-8 6-1 15-4 16-4
Chicago 4-3 4-3 -- 5-14 7-12 0-7 11-8 2-5 7-12 2-4 2-5 2-4 4-2 4-3 2-4 6-14
Cleveland 5-2 4-3 14-5 -- 13-6 3-4 12-7 3-3 10-9 2-5 2-4 2-5 2-4 4-2 3-4 12-8
Detroit 4-2 2-4 12-7 6-13 -- 1-5 8-11 3-4 7-12 3-4 0-7 3-4 2-4 3-4 4-3 6-14
Houston 6-1 4-3 7-0 4-3 5-1 -- 5-1 13-6 4-2 2-5 12-7 9-10 3-4 12-7 4-2 13-7
Kansas City 4-2 1-5 8-11 7-12 11-8 1-5 -- 1-6 10-9 2-5 2-5 1-5 0-7 2-5 2-5 6-14
Los Angeles 5-1 0-6 5-2 3-3 4-3 6-13 6-1 -- 4-3 1-5 10-9 8-11 1-6 13-6 4-3 10-10
Minnesota 6-1 3-4 12-7 9-10 12-7 2-4 9-10 3-4 -- 2-5 2-5 1-5 3-4 2-4 4-2 8-12
New York 12-7 9-10 4-2 5-2 4-3 5-2 5-2 5-1 5-2 -- 3-3 5-1 10-9 4-3 13-6 11-9
Oakland 5-1 4-2 5-2 4-2 7-0 7-12 5-2 9-10 5-2 3-3 -- 9-10 2-5 13-6 7-0 12-8
Seattle 6-1 3-4 4-2 5-2 4-3 10-9 5-1 11-8 5-1 1-5 10-9 -- 6-1 10-9 3-4 6-14
Tampa Bay 11-8 8-11 2-4 4-2 4-2 4-3 7-0 6-1 4-3 9-10 5-2 1-6 -- 5-1 13-6 7-13
Texas 4-3 1-6 3-4 2-4 4-3 7-12 5-2 6-13 4-2 3-4 6-13 9-10 1-5 -- 3-3 9-11
Toronto 14-5 4-15 4-2 4-3 3-4 2-4 5-2 3-4 2-4 6-13 0-7 4-3 6-13 3-3 -- 13-7

Detailed records

Game log

Legend
  Rays win
  Rays loss
  Postponement
Bold Rays team member

Roster

Farm system

References

  1. ^ Chastain, Bill. "Rays excited to implement 'bullpen day' plan". mlb.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by greatest Performances matching selected criteria by a Team". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Pitcher Won, as Reliever, sorted by greatest Performances matching selected criteria by a Team". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Chastain, Bill. "Rays get Schimpf from SD for Minor Leaguer".
  5. ^ "Evan sent! Longo goes West, fills Giant void".
  6. ^ Gilbert, Steve. "D-backs get Souza from TB, trade Drury to NYY".
  7. ^ Berry, Adam. "Pirates acquire All-Star OF Dickerson from Rays".
  8. ^ "2018 Tampa Bay Rays Sortable Schedule". Tampa Bay Rays.

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