It’s no secret that Andrew Friedman, Gerry Hunsicker, and the rest of the Rays’ front office is developing one of the best young starting rotations in baseball down in Tampa. Led by top-pick David Price, 26, a Cy Young candidate two years back with a 5-1 record and a 2.35 ERA on the season, Tampa’s rotation has been the league’s second best this year. The Rays are 19-9 on the season and their starting rotation 16-6 in those games with a 3.51 ERA.
Price has a 2.49 FIP, a career best. James Shields has a 2.94 xFIP, also a career best. Jeff Niemann is one of the best back of the rotation starters in baseball – he has a 3.61 xFIP this season, a 3.73 last year – and while Matt Moore has struggled with a 5.71 ERA on the season, no one is seriously worried about baseball’s top prospect. The Rays’ are taking the AL East by storm, and their rotation is a big part of that success.… Click here to read the rest