The Stat Line Of The Night — 4/18/11 — David Price
The Tampa Bay Rays struggled out of the gate this season, losing their first six games and eight of their first nine, but they have since turned things around, and entered yesterday’s game against the Chicago White Sox with a 6-9 record. David Price’s season can be described in a much similar manner – seven earned runs in 13 innings in his first two games, both losses, followed by a victory over Boston. Both Price and the Rays were looking to continue their winning ways last night, and they would do just that.
Price was dominant in his fourth start of the season, pitching eight scoreless innings and allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He didn’t need much run support, but the Rays bats would provide him with three runs in the first inning, and two more throughout the next seven innings, en route to the 5-0 victory.
After beginning the season with an 0-2 record and a 4.85 ERA, Price has improved his record to 2-2, while dropping his ERA to a much more respectable 2.83. He will need to continue to improve upon those numbers if he hopes to contend for the CY Young Award this season. For now he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, April 18, 2011.