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David Price edges R.A. Dickey, is first to 13 wins this year

Jul 19, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

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David Price blanked the Indians for seven innings on Thursday to pick up his major league-high 13th victory.

Price barely beat the Mets’ R.A. Dickey to the punch today. Those two had been tied with the Rangers’ Matt Harrison and the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez at 12 wins. Dickey would pick up his 13th victory by outdueling Gonzalez in a game that ended about 20 minutes after Tampa Bay’s game.

Price is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts and 13-4 with a 2.64 ERA overall. His last loss actually came at the hands of Dickey, who threw a complete game against the Rays in the Mets’ 9-1 win on June 13.

Price is now 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six lifetime starts versus Cleveland.

  1. ninjasports - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Price and Dickey have both got in done with consistency this season. Even if they wavered for 1-2 starts, they have got the job done almost every start.

  2. Dave Barker - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    The pitcher win is a dumb statistic. I’m a Rays fan, but I’m much more impressed with Verlander’s 140 IP and 4.2 WAR than with Price’s win total. I understand this blog needs to provide content many times a day and it can’t just write about sabremetrics all the time without losing readers, but it’s frustrating to see ridiculous stats like the pitcher win are still alive and well in mainstream baseball coverage. It’s 2012. Let’s get out of the dark ages already.

    • raysarenumberone - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      Yeah, because bad pitchers always seem to lead the league in wins. David Price is on pace to be the first 20 game winner in Rays history and you are talking about Justin Verlander’s WAR? Last time I checked, only one pitching stat actually means something and that statistic is WINS and losses. Everything else is just window dressing.

      • Dave Barker - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

        One reason the pitcher win stat is meaningless is that the pitcher both benefits and suffers from something over which he has absolutely no control – his own team’s offensive production. Do you see why that is ridiculous?

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