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David Price surrenders nine consecutive hits to the Yankees in the worst start of his career

Aug 27, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Tigers entered play Wednesday night trailing the Royals by 1 1/2 games in the American League Central standings and were hoping to get another strong start from trade deadline acquisition David Price, who tossed eight innings of one-hit ball last week in Tampa Bay. Price did not come through.

The left-hander held the Yankees scoreless through the first two innings, but New York rattled off nine consecutive hits to open the top of the third inning, eventually charging Price with eight earned runs.

Here’s the inning recap from Yahoo’s box score:



It was the shortest — and worst — outing of Price’s illustrious major league career and he drew boos from the Comerica Park crowd after he was lifted in the third. Price has been mostly dominant since joining Detroit in a three-team trade on July 31, but Wednesday’s blowup launched his Tigers ERA to 4.41.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    In 4 starts for Tampa Bay, Smyly is 2 & 1 with a 1.55ERA. Small sample size for sure, but the Rays may have won the trade.

    • pwshrugged - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      It was a great trade for Tampa.

      With the young arms they have, at least two of them with potential “ace’ stuff (Archer and Odorizzi), Smyly projects beautifully as a mid-rotation lefty with plenty of upside with several years of team control ahead of him. He should stay affordable for years to come, even if he does catch fire. And even then, look at his success this season – and it’s only his first full season as a starter; he’s gotten better every month and keeps getting better. Smyly’s sneaky good, and this trade seems to have put a chip on his shoulder; he’s had a look, a determination, about him in his TB starts that I just didn’t see him having as a Tiger.

      As for Franklin and the A-ball prospect, not bad. If they can straighten Franklin’s swing out, he becomes their potential 2015 second-baseman and insurance plan if Zobrist leaves in free agency eventually. He may never be great, but he should be an average major league 2B-man at worst. And prospects are prospects; maybe they hit the lottery with the Adames, maybe they don’t. Doesn’t hurt to have him, though.

      So yeah, Tampa did pretty well. If you’re going to cash in on a potential free agent’s value, they did a pretty solid job of it.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM


      • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM


        let’s let a little history develop from now before calling the winner of the trade…

        Smyly career ERA+ 126
        Price career ERA+ 121

        Smyly career WHIP 1.175
        Price career WHIP 1.141

        Smyly career K/9 8.3
        Price career K/9 8.4

        My point is that many of their numbers are very close and Smyly is only 25 yrs old and should still get better.

        Price isn’t ancient at 28 of course but he has fewer yrs left before his decline than does Smyly if they are both injury free.

        Even if Price and the Tigers do “win” it might not be by as much… especially when looking back from 3 yrs from now…

        Also, price per game, inning that they are being paid factors in as well…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        This is the problem when people play with math too much.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        And, while Price is very good, he’s not elite.

        Tim Hudson’s career ERA+ is 124 to Price’s 121 and that’s with Tim pitching now to 38 yrs old, meaning his career ERA+ has come down to that level as he’s pitched to such an age.

        Price still has to get his above that enough to come down to 124 when he’s 38 yrs old.

        Don’t see it happening.

        Jered Weaver career ERA+ 124

        King Felix career ERA+ 130

        Clayton Kershaw career ERA+ 151

        Adam Wainwright caeer ERA+ 131

        Cole Hamels career ERA+ 124

        Justin Verlander career ERA+ 123

        Johnny Cueto career ERA+ 122

        Some others tied with David Price at 121

        David Cone 121
        Kevin Appier 121
        Andy Messersmith 121
        Jose Rijo 121
        Clay Carroll 121

  2. pastabelly - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Carl Crawford 2.0

  3. Ren - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    That was just insane…

  4. randygnyc - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    1 hit short of the AL record for most consecutive hits in an inning (10)

  5. largebill - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Since the trade deadline the two teams which were most aggressive (OAK & DET) have done awful.

  6. erbaodai - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    What more could have gone wrong with the Tigers? Victor Martinez season ending injury?

    • philliesblow - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM


  7. yahmule - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Thanks a lot, asshole.

  8. tigers182 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    All that’s important is that Derek Jeter had a good time.

    • pbconnection782 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Next up on Sportscenter, we’ll find out what LeBron had to say regarding David Price’s latest outing…

      • r8rnuck - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        followed up with #ManzielSwag and what he may plan to do with his very first second string start!

  9. convincedofthehex - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    That’s the David Price we know well in Tampa. When you really need him to come through he doesn’t show up. Too busy thinking of his dog Astro.

  10. pwshrugged - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Has this even happened before? I find it highly improbable and pretty impressive to see a team bat through their entire lineup without recording an out, a walk, or a home run. Kind of fun to watch, even if it was my team on the wrong end. Seemed like I’d get up and get a beer, come back to the bases looking the same, but someone new at the plate and another run on the board.

  11. badsequel - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Maybe the Angels don’t need to trade for a starter

  12. metrocritical - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Two initial thoughts:
    1. Brad Ausmus does not know how to handle veteran pitchers. He is far too passive and deferential.
    2. DD over tinkered with his starting pitching staff since the end of 2013 while failing to add any offensive punch to make up for the losses of Fielder, Peralta and Infante. How much better would the team be going into the season with a rotation of Scherzer, Fister, Sanchez, Verlander and Porcello and Smyly in the pen? The Tigers would’ve had all kinds of trade flexibility to acquire a bat or reliever using assets on the major and minor league levels instead of needing to gut the organization of prospects to plug holes, leaving the team hoping to make a playoff run with a AAA caliber shortstop and centerfielder, no depth on the bench for hitting, pitching or defense. Management’s infatuation with celebrity players has once again interfered with its ability to build a balanced, battle ready squad. Bad moves + bad performances will = no playoffs for 2014.

    • stex52 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Point #2 is essentially correct. They traded away from their strengths. I still am not sure Smyly isn’t better coming out of the pen. A handful of games doesn’t tell you much.

      As to point #1, what’s Ausmus supposed to do? Pitch for them?

      • jeffchadwick - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        There is a 0.000000000000 percent chance using Smyly out of the bullpen was the correct strategy. Zero.

  13. aceshigh11 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Good. Eff that guy.

  14. pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    That was some third inning. It’s like the Yankees bottled up all of their inept offense this season and used it at that one moment.
    Besides that one inning, I’m just as impressed with Shane Greene. Him and Brandon McCarthy could be the Yankees’ second half MVP’s.

  15. pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I’m also starting to think bigmeechy74 is a genius.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Ha! Thank you! Finally someone acknowledging I was right! And btw, I saw yesterday that the yankees were underdogs. They paid +163. Think about how absurd that is… A team with shane greene is the underdog lol. Vegas has no clue what they are doing. You have the next Randy Johnson and you make him an underdog? WTF?

      • pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        I wonder if Shane Greene knows that his greatest fan is predicting his future.

  16. xjokerz - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM


    Smyly has been AWESOME for the Rays and PRice has turned into a poop stew.

    this team is falling apart faster than the towers, still too soon?

  17. ironcurtin64 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    I think anybody who lost someone they knew that day (or any non a**hole) would say it was too soon.

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