Stat Line Of The Night – 8/17/11 – David Price
Despite being 10 games above .500, the Rays entered Wednesday’s game with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park trailing the Red Sox and Yankees for the East title and Wild Card spot by 9.5 games. Most baseball pundits would say that the Rays are dead in the water, with no shot at either playoff opportunity, but don’t tell that to the Rays. After splitting a series with the Yankees in New York, they traveled to Boston and took two out of three from the Red Sox at Fenway.
The main reason for that was their lefty ace David Price. Even though Price isn’t having as good of a season as he did last, he threw consecutive gems on the road vs. the East Division’s best teams and Major League Baseball’s highest scoring teams. In New York he threw eight innings while giving up just one run in a win before following that up with an even better outing on Wednesday — eight shutout innings. In the 4-0 Rays win, Price struck out six and only gave up three hits to the loaded Sox.
Price had an ERA over five over his previous seven starts before the Yankees and Red Sox games, but those two gems are what make him today’s featured Stat Line of the Day.