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David Price dominates in return to the mound

Jul 3, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

David Price

As I mentioned in the recap, yeah, it was the Astros. But that doesn’t change the fact that David Price was as sharp as a tack in his return from the disabled list last night. Price needed a mere 70 pitches to get through seven innings, striking out 10 while allowing just three singles to an overmatched Astros lineup.

Tampa Bay is five and a half games out in the tough AL East at the moment. Some of that hole was dug due to Price’s poor performance early in the season and poor performances from his replacements in the past month.  But if the David Price of 2012 is back in the Rays rotation, the future looks much brighter.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    As an Orioles fan, I say let’s just just hope this game was an abnormality because the division is tough enough as it is.

    As a MLB fan, I say wow, things are going to get really fun to watch as the best division in baseball just got much better.

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      As a Rays fan and a baseball fan, I completely understand your sentiments.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    A confused Price told reporters after the game: “I hope this minor league rehab game proved to the Rays that I’m healthy and ready to be called back up to the big club.”

  3. stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Seventy pitches! I’m glad the Astros have embraced the concept of making a pitcher work for his outs.
    OBP, guys!

    • stabonerichard - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I hear ya, but check out these numbers…

      Of Price’s 10 strikeouts, 8 of them were backwards Ks.

      Over 30% of Price’s 70 pitches were called balls.

      So by the numbers it wouldn’t seem like the Astros were up there flailing away, and yet… it only took 70 pitches to carve them up over 7 innings. Not sure how that all fits together; I suppose the best explanation is the Astros stink.

      • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Wow, this is even more disturbing. So 21 balls were thrown. And 10 guys struck out. That accounts for at least 51 of the pitches (assuming no foul offs). Three hits allowed. For math purposes, let’s assign one BB to each out.

        So the average K saw four pitches. Let’s assume the average guy who got a hit saw two pitches.

        Then the average non-K out saw one ball and 1.3 other pitches.

        Yes they are bad. But they were also flailing away pretty badly on early pitches.

  4. nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Should have let him finish the game. We haven’t seen a Maddux in almost a week.

    • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      I thought we were headed for a Maddux. I imagine, him being fresh from an injury, that they had him on a very restrictive pitch count. Besides, it was just a mop-up operation at that point anyway.

  5. hittfamily - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Rays are 2-9 against Boston. David Price and Jeremy Hellickson have ERA’s over 5. This is the team to beat in the AL East, because none of those things are likely to continue.

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      The Rays were a statistical anomaly the beginning of the season. If they revert to their norm pitching-wise, or anywhere NEAR their norm… oh, it’s really ugly to drool, isn’t it?

  6. yahmule - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    It’s nice to see this young man back on track.

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