Tampa Bay Rays Attendance Analysis: Per Starting Pitcher 2007-2013

Welcome to our 3rd second-level analysis post on Tampa Bay Rays attendance from 2007-2013. This post examines the Rays attendance by starting pitcher. This post will look at October games, but only as they pertain to the regular season. Postseason games will be examined at a later date.

As mentioned in the previous posts, the Rays average annual attendance from 2007-2013 was 1,640,983. This includes only games at Tropicana Field. The Rays played 3 games at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in both 2007 and 2008. The Rays per game average in the 561 games at Tropicana Field from 2007 to 2013 was 20,475.72.

(For an examination of Rays attendance by month, click here. For an examination of Rays attendance by day of the week, click here.)

Our first chart lists pitchers who started at least 10 games for the Rays from 2007 to 2013. Listed are games started, the Rays win-loss record in those games, the average attendance during that pitcher’s starts, and the percentage difference between the pitcher’s average attendance and the Rays 2007-2013 average attendance.

Rays pitcher avgs2

(Not listed: Jason Hammel (7 starts), Casey Fossum (6 starts), JP Howell (4 starts), Jae Seo (4 starts), Jake Odorizzi (2 starts), Alexander Colome (1 start), and Enny Romero (1 start).)

This chart ranks each starting pitcher by annual average attendance per year. Only pitchers with 10 or more starts are ranked. A grey box indicates the pitcher made 0 starts or was not on the team. An empty box means the pitcher started games, but did not make 10 or more starts.

Rays starters rank

The highlighted 1s indicates the average attendance was highest for that pitcher.

(For year-by-year charts, please see the following: 2013 here, 2012 here, 2011 here, 2010 here, 2009 here, 2008 here, 2007 here.)

The following charts depict average attendance trends for Rays starting pitchers who had three or more years of 10 starts or more. This list includes James Shields (100), David Price (70), Jeremy Hellickson (50), Matt Garza (47), Jeff Neimann (43), and Scott Kazmir (43).

This excludes Edwin Jackson, Wade Davis, Matt Moore, Chris Archer, Andy Sonnanstine, Roberto Hernandez, and Alex Cobb.

James Shields attendance trend 2007-2012.

James Shields overall average attendance: 21,061.87.

Rays Shields

David Price attendance trend 2009-2013.

David Price overall average attendance: 21,904.96.

Rays David Price

Jeremy Hellickson attendance trend 2011-2013.

Jeremy Hellickson overall average attendance: 18,804.80

Rays Hellickson

Matt Garza attendance trend 2008-2010.

Matt Garza overall average attendance: 23,750.62

Rays Garza

Jeff Neimann attendance trend 2008-2012.

Jeff Neimann overall average attendance: 18,985.35

Rays Neimann

Scott Kazmir attendance trend 2007-2009.

Scott Kazmir overall average attendance: 22,563.28

Rays Scott Kazmir

3 comments for “Tampa Bay Rays Attendance Analysis: Per Starting Pitcher 2007-2013

  1. Wish
    February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

    the SP ranks by year almost mirror how the rotation was lined up, right? If so, maybe that shows that the fans are rooting for laundry instead of specific players.

    • Mike Lortz
      February 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Possible. I think SP has a smaller effect than day of the week. But I think in some cases, such as when Kazmir was the only good pitcher on the staff, who was pitching made a difference. The ace will also always have the Opening Day bump, which might not be best for business. Why pitch your biggest draw in the game that will be a sell-out anyway?

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