2012 was a dream season for David Price. He won his first AL Cy Young Award, won 20 games, and had a league best 2.56 ERA. He sat down batters with 205 strikeouts and was clearly the top pitcher in the American league.
2013 started as a nightmare. In his first nine starts, Price was hammered all around the park. He gave up 65 hits and allowed 32 earned runs. His ERA inflated to 5.29 on May 15, and he was headed to the DL with a strained triceps. Things could not get any worse for Price and the Rays.
But, Price recovered quickly and returned on July 2nd on a mission to prove he was still elite and to put the Rays back in the race. In six July starts, Price compiled a 1.68 ERA and his ERA shrunk almost two full points. If those numbers alone were not enough to prove his health, Price also had three complete game victories during the month, too.
In his 18 final starts, Price allowed only 37 runs and was able to finish the season with a 3.40 ERA. He consistently kept the Rays in every game and was once again the workhorse the team had in 2012. On September 30th with a Wild Card berth still in doubt, Price took the ball and finished what he started against the Rangers. He pitched a complete game, catapulting the Rays into the second Wild Card spot and knocking the Rangers out of the playoff picture.
Without his dreadful start, Price would have surely won his second straight Cy Young. All offseason there were rumors that the Rays were going to move Price because at some point they will not be able to afford him. But so far, they have held on to him. It is hard to put a “Price” on a pitcher of his caliber.
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