Christmas music makes me want to punch someone in the c***. But I do kind of miss advent calendars. Therefore, as my gift to our readers and to all the children of the world, I proudly offer the All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Virtual Advent Calendar….
Every day up till Christmas we will reveal another of the Top 25 Greatest Devil Rays Of All-Time*, and on Christmas Morning, we will unveil the Greatest Devil Ray Of All — The Devil Ray Christ Child….
The 3rd Greatest Devil Ray Ever is….
Scott Edward Kazmir (2004-present)
- Devil Rays Career Leader in Wins (47), Strikeouts (783), ERA (3.61); Adjusted ERA+ (124); Winning Percentage (.560); Starts (124), and Innings Pitched (723)
- Winning Pitcher in 2008 All-Star Game (also represented Devil Rays in 2006 ASG)
- Winning Pitcher in the game that clinched the Devil Rays first-ever playoff berth (September 20 2008)
- In 2007 led the AL in Strikeouts and Starts
- Holds Devil Rays Record for Strikeouts in a season (239 in 2007); also has another three of the top 7 seasons in Devil Rays history (174 in 2005, 3rd; 166 in 2008, 5th; and 163 in 2006, 6th)
- Holds Devil Rays Record for single-season ERA (3.48 in 2007); 3.77 ERA in 2005 is also 5th-best
- Holds Devil Rays Record for Strikeouts in a game (13, August 25 2007); also struck out 11 in a game four times
- Holds Devil Rays Record for Starts in a season (34 in 2007)
- Holds Devil Rays record for Wins and ERA in any month (5 and 1.22, both in May 2008)
- Pitched the third two-hitter in Devil Rays history, shutting out the Red Sox at historic Tropicana Field (July 3 2006)
- Ranks In The Top 10 Devil Rays single-season leaders in Wins (13 in 2007, tied 4th; and 12 in 2008, tied 6th); and Innings Pitched (206.2 in 2007, 4th)
- Devil Rays Opening Day Starter in 2006 and 2007
There have only been 2 Devil Rays greater than Scott Kazmir. There are only 2 more days until Christmas. Tune in tomorrow as we reveal the 2nd Greatest Devil Ray Ever.
Previously on All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Advent Calendar….
Day 1: #25 Rolando Arrojo
Day 2: #24 Paul Wilson
Day 3: #23 Akinori Iwamura
Day 4: #22 Jonny Gomes
Day 5: #21 Mark Hendrickson
Day 6: #20 Joe Kennedy
Day 7: #19 Tanyon Sturtze
Day 8: #18 Matt Garza
Day 9: #17 John Flaherty
Day 10: #16 Albie Lopez
Day 11: #15 Esteban Yan
Day 12: #14 Ryan Rupe
Day 13: #13 Travis Harper
Day 14: #12 Victor Zambrano
Day 15: #11 EGDC Carlos Pena
Day 16: #10 B.J. Upton
Day 17: #9 TMOTMCC James Shields
Day 18: #8 Randy Winn
Day 19: #7 Toby Hall
Day 20: #6 Rocco Baldelli
Day 21: #5 Julio Lugo
Day 22: #4 The Crime Dog Fred McGriff
*We previously named an All-Time Greatest Devil Rays team position-by-position based on single-season performance, but this is based on players’ entire Devil Ray careers and regardless of position. Special thanks to Robotto Clemente for crunching the numbers to come up with this list.