Jun 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) looks after he gave up a 2-run home run to Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) during the third inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays Not Doing Enough for David Price

Every Rays fan should remember James Shields‘ last start in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform on October 2, 2012. Shields was dominant against the Baltimore Orioles, throwing a complete-game two-hitter with 15 strikeouts against not a single walk. He made one big mistake, a solo home run by Chris Davis, but that was it. He had given the Rays arguably the best start of his Tampa Bay career, and that should have enough for him to win. Unfortunately, it was not. The Rays could not muster a single run for him and lost 1-0. Shields gave everything for the Rays, but the Rays could never give enough back to him. Was it poetic justice or simply a sad story getting sadder when Shields was traded to the Kansas City Royals two months later? Whatever the case may be, the Rays are approaching a similar situation with David Price.

David Price has not been perfect in 2014. He has a 3.81 ERA overall, and has allowed five or more earned runs in four different starts. Lately, however, he has been excellent. In his last five outings, Price has a 2.58 ERA while averaging 7.2 innings per start. He has struck out 10 straight batters in a team record four straight starts, and has found his way to the top of the AL leaderboard in innings pitched and strikeouts. Yet the Rays have gone just 1-4 in those games as their horrific season simply has not let up. David Price is doing exactly what an ace is supposed to do to help his team recover. He isn’t perfect, but he has pitched extremely well. At this point, though, that is not enough.

There is no reason to have David Price on the Tampa Bay Rays right now. Rays fans can continue to dream of a miracle comeback from this disastrous start, but the odds are getting longer by the day. What is the purpose of having David Price pitch his heart out on a team that can’t score him runs? Why are we wasting our time when even Price’s wins will mean so little in the scheme of things? Next year, the Tampa Bay Rays could very well be a playoff team again. But right now, they are decidedly not, and Price deserves better. Trading David Price is not just about the Rays receiving prospects–it is also about them giving their ace the opportunity he deserves to pitch meaningful games.

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  • Marylou McMillan

    As much as I wanted this to be our year. I agree with you. Our team has decent batting averages, accept for Forsthe, but they can not execute putting runs together unless, it is a home run extravaganza. They are not stealing bases (Molina had the first stolen base in 9 games?????) or putting down the bunt. They are looking for “their” pitch and not fouling off pitches to get to one they can hit. I do not know the answer to solve this problem, but Einstein said it best, ” Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

    • Robbie_Knopf

      It is no specific major thing. We can dwell all we want about not hitting with runners in scoring position, but the bottom line is that the Rays are slumping so much because Longoria took so long to become his usual self, Myers never got hurt, and Zobrist was hurt. These stretches happen because the big guys in the lineup are struggling, and then they usually come out of them with a vengeance. This year, for whatever reason, they did not.

      • Marylou McMillan

        I am very pleased with the play from the last 2 games. We are being more aggressive on the bases and not taking the 3rd strike.I hate that Jennings was called out today at the plate. That is the type of baseball that has been a trademark of the winning Ray’s team.