Few things are certain in the world. But here’s one of them: when David Price is on the mound, the Rays will win, and if they don’t, it will not be his fault at all. Since coming off the DL on July 2nd, Price is 7-1 with a 1.97 ERA, striking out 62 while walking just 6 in 82.1 innings pitched. The Rays are 9-2 in his 11 starts. The two losses were a complete game against the Astros in which he allowed 2 runs and the game against the Dodgers in which Fernando Rodney blew the game in the 9th. That’s it. Price has not been perfect–he has allowed 4 runs twice over that stretch–but game after game, he has dominated the opposition and given the Rays every chance to win. All the Rays want from David Price tonight is that exact same thing.
If David Price can win tonight, it can a reset button after a tough series against the Angels. The Rays just lost 2 of 3, but a series-opening win against a formidable opponent in the A’s would be a huge lift as the Rays try to rebound from their recent lackluster stretch and go back to playing like the team they are, one of the best in baseball. The Rays are in a time of turnaround in their rotation. Jeremy Hellickson got sent down, Jake Odorizzi started in his place, and Matt Moore along with Hellickson are set to return. But David Price is the constant. If Price pitches well, everything else will fall into place. The game is late tonight, starting at 10:05 PM EST, but David Price will give every Rays fan a reason to stay up as he propels the Rays right back into the place they’re supposed to be.