David Price Durable and Effective In Leading Rays Staff Toward Postseason
His back of the baseball card numbers (11-7, 3.08 ERA) may not be overwhelming but looking beyond those numbers tells a different story.
He has won his last six starts tying a franchise record which has been done four times most recently by fellow lefty Matt Moore (June 20 to July 22, 2013).
He has eight innings times in his last nine starts, nine in his last 12, and has 12 starts of 8 innings or more most in the majors this season. He has thrown at least 100 pitches in 18 consecutive starts.
Since May 30th (against the Red Sox in Fewway Park) he has made 11 starts and has gone 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA (18ER/86.1IP) and has struck out 99 batters.
He leads the major leagues in innings pitched (163.2), strikeouts (183), and double digit strike out games (9).
On Friday night in the opening game of the series against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox he delivered eight strong innings limiting the Boston Red Sox to three runs (earned) on eight hits striking out 10 and walking none to push the Rays win streak to eight games in a row.
Joe Maddon continues to be impressed. “Wonderful once again. Boston, like I said, they came out and they were in for a pretty good game themselves. They worked some reallygreat at-bats even up there to the end against Jake[McGee].” Maddon said. ‘That just speaks to their resiliency also, but David—I don’t think his fastball was as hot as it’s been over the past couple games but nevertheless, he had a good fastball and located it well and made really big pitches, good pitches when he had to.”
Before the game David Ortiz said to come today ready for war with your gloves on. In their first head to head matchup Price struck him out and after the game was diplomatic about it. “It definitely felt good. He’s a tough out, always. He’s never the guy you want to see in the box. It doesn’t matter who you are or what runners you have on, if the bases are empty or not, he’s not the guy that you want at the plate in a big situation.”