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Behind James Shields, Rays set AL record for strikeouts

Sep 21, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

James Shields Reuters

Rays right-hander James Shields reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season Friday in a 12-1 win over the Blue Jays. Along the way, he recorded the team’s 1,267 strikeout, breaking the American League record set by the 2001 Yankees.

J.P. Arencibia was the victim. It was Shields’ third strikeout of the night on his way to finishing the game with nine.

The Rays ended the game with 1,275 strikeouts, leaving them 129 shy of the major league record of 1,404 strikeouts set by the 2003 Cubs. That’s out of reach with just 11 games to go. Still, 1,350 or strikeouts for an AL team could well be considered more impressive that 1,404 from an NL team that got to face pitchers most of the year.

Shields in the Rays’ leader at 202 strikeouts for the season, with David Price not too far behind at 188. Rookie Matt Moore has 169 strikeouts in 169 1/3 innings. The bullpen also deserves plenty of credit. Wade Davis has 80 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings, Joel Peralta has 77 in 61 1/3 innings and Jake McGee has 66 in 50 1/3 innings. Fernando Rodney‘s 68 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings seem almost modest in comparison.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I would gladly trade some of those K’s for a few more wins, but pretty cool all he same.

    • indaburg - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:03 AM

      Agreed. Our inconsistent offense is our downfall.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Congrats to Shields

  3. goldensombrero3000 - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Last off Season when Walt Jocketty was hunting for a starting pitcher he wanted James Shields. Looking to give up the farm for him. It didn’t happen and the Reds got Latos instead which has worked out great but I’ve always loved James Shields.

  4. gotampabay52 - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Yes few more wins if we get into the oostseason we be tough

  5. mazblast - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    This record was a big deal when the YANKEES set it. Now, not so much. Funny how that happens.

  6. pisano - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    All well and good about the record, but had they traded one of their pitchers for some hitting they wouldn’t be sitting home watching the playoffs.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      (Insert angry, snark filled retort here)… Oh wait, I’ve said that myself. Never mind. Darn.

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