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Who has had the most success against the Rays? (2013-2015 Edition)

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When we first caught wind that the Rays might be signing Orioles utility man Steve Pearce, my first reaction was a sigh of relief. Others on the masthead felt the same way. For some reason, the very name strikes fear -- nay, respect -- in the heart of a Rays fan.

Steve Pearce is a Rays killer; or he was, at least in his time with Baltimore. This begged a question: "who has had the most success against the Rays over the last three years?"

Time for some Play Index.

Using Baseball Reference's Play Index, I went into the Batting Split finder and set "Opponent = Tampa Bay Rays" as my split. I narrowed the year search to 2013-2015, and then exported the data to filter for plate appearances (min = 50), and convert walks and strikeouts into percentages.

Here are the results for anyone with an OPS over .800, see if any surprise you:

No. Player PA OPS R HR RBI SB CS BB% K% BA OBP SLG BAbip
1 Albert Pujols 58 1.161 12 7 11 0 0 3% 5% .345 .379 .782 .267
2 Jose Abreu 56 1.134 9 5 18 0 0 13% 13% .354 .446 .688 .333
3 Eduardo Escobar 50 1.128 7 3 7 0 1 2% 18% .417 .420 .708 .459
4 Miguel Cabrera 70 1.086 16 3 7 1 0 20% 11% .364 .486 .600 .378
5 Mike Trout 90 1.081 14 6 16 5 1 18% 31% .333 .456 .625 .462
6 Lorenzo Cain 67 1.049 16 2 10 8 0 12% 16% .379 .463 .586 .444
7 Kendrys Morales 68 1.027 6 3 12 0 0 13% 13% .362 .441 .586 .383
8 Alex Gordon 67 1.014 11 2 18 0 1 4% 18% .400 .448 .567 .468
9 Adam Lind 112 1.012 14 8 20 0 0 13% 20% .305 .402 .611 .318
10 Mookie Betts 105 1.000 19 5 13 5 0 10% 7% .344 .419 .581 .333
11 Martin Prado 54 .997 8 3 10 0 0 6% 7% .353 .389 .608 .341
12 Steve Pearce 137 .990 22 10 19 1 0 12% 18% .276 .387 .603 .272
13 Avisail Garcia 52 .974 7 4 11 0 1 10% 23% .304 .365 .609 .323
14 Chris Davis 225 .953 26 16 42 3 1 16% 28% .238 .384 .569 .262
15 Jason Kipnis 51 .953 9 1 4 0 0 6% 16% .375 .412 .542 .436
16 Alex Rodriguez 96 .950 16 8 13 0 0 16% 27% .250 .375 .575 .261
17 Coco Crisp 53 .940 6 3 8 4 0 9% 15% .313 .377 .563 .324
18 Marcell Ozuna 51 .922 10 1 5 3 0 8% 31% .362 .412 .511 .533
19 Omar Infante 66 .899 6 1 6 1 0 8% 17% .373 .424 .475 .438
20 Jose Bautista 224 .887 31 14 34 2 1 16% 15% .246 .384 .503 .224
21 Joe Mauer 60 .887 6 0 4 0 0 17% 15% .360 .467 .420 .439
22 Salvador Perez 79 .874 11 4 18 0 0 6% 11% .329 .367 .507 .328
23 Victor Martinez 59 .854 6 3 12 0 0 10% 14% .288 .373 .481 .293
24 Chris Colabello 52 .850 8 5 13 0 0 2% 25% .240 .250 .600 .212
25 Brian McCann 127 .848 19 8 23 0 0 9% 13% .250 .339 .509 .227
26 Matt Wieters 116 .844 17 5 18 0 0 9% 22% .282 .339 .505 .320
27 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 60 .824 7 3 7 1 1 13% 35% .235 .333 .490 .321
28 Alejandro De Aza 79 .816 12 4 9 2 2 5% 32% .284 .329 .486 .378

Eduardo Rodriguez!? With plenty of AL East players and a lot of Royals!

Really though, this is about Steve Pearce. That aforementioned respect appears justified.

For good measure, here are some standouts among players between 20-50 PA against the Rays since 2013:

Player PA OPS
Mark Canha 21 1.524
Gregory Bird 23 1.330
Jeff Francoeur 26 1.311
Travis Shaw 41 1.288
Elliot Johnson 24 1.284
Delino DeShields 21 1.234
Devon Travis 36 .990
Christian Vazquez 32 .987
Mitch Moreland 47 .982
Ben Revere 37 .975

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