Last season, the Rays’ ace was James Shields as David Price has struggled. For much of this season, it has been the opposite as Price has been one of the best pitchers in the game while Shields has been inconsistent. The two have joined an elite club based on their performances the past two years.
Shields & @davidprice14 are only 7th set of teammates to have consecutive 200+ K seasons. Others include Koufax/Drysdale, Johnson/Schilling.
— Jonathan Gantt (@Jonathan_Gantt) September 26, 2012
Both David Price and James Shields are excellent pitchers. The results they give the Rays are incredible. But how they get their is so different. Price pumps by 97 MPH fastballs while Shields works off his changeup and his cutter. Both of them have experienced struggles for the same reason- when they can’t command their fastballs, they’re prone to give up far too many home runs. But both know that even when they struggle, the other will find a way. Last season, James Shields took the Rays on his back. This year, David Price did the same, especially as Shields struggled mightily in the middle of the season, and now they’re both going strong. They’re the best pairing the Rays have ever seen and are one of the best in baseball. They’re the aces the Rays have in their pocket, and they give the Rays every chance to come up with a winning hand.