From the Collection: Jake McGee, sp, Tampa Bay Rays

Despite the Rays beating out the Indians in their one game Wild Card playoff, I am still a fan of the organization.  I would argue that they have one of the nicest groups of guys in the game, and every time I see them play I am blown away how nice all the players are.  Even Longoria, who has every reason to avoid autograph seekers like the plague, signs.

What I like most about the team is their pitching, which always seems to be stacked.  This season was no different:

Rk Pos Age W L ERA IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP
1 SP David Price* 27 10 8 3.33 186.2 178 27 151 114 1.098
2 SP Jeremy Hellickson 26 12 10 5.17 174.0 185 50 135 74 1.351
3 SP Roberto Hernandez 32 6 13 4.89 151.0 164 38 113 78 1.338
4 SP Matt Moore* 24 17 4 3.29 150.1 119 76 143 116 1.297
5 SP Alex Cobb 25 11 3 2.76 143.1 120 45 134 138 1.151
6 SP Chris Archer 24 9 7 3.22 128.2 107 38 101 118 1.127
9 RP Jamey Wright 38 2 2 3.09 70.0 61 23 65 124 1.200
10 RP Cesar Ramos* 29 2 2 4.14 67.1 66 22 53 92 1.307
11 RP Jake McGee* 26 5 3 4.02 62.2 52 22 75 95 1.181
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2014.

McGee really would be a starter on most teams, but considering how stacked the rotation is moving him to the pen was not a bad idea.

When I saw the Rays this season I was not even really trying, and I still managed to get Longo, Fausto (Roberto) Carmona, Zobrist, McGee, Cobb, Chris Archer and Moore.  The only that I really wanted but could not get was Matt Joyce and James Loney.  Of those, I actually got to talk to Archer, Zobrist, Carmona, McGee and Moore–there was almost nobody getting autographs–and they were like talking to minor league guys.  Very cool, laid back and personable.  It was a fun day.

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