By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price will be pitching tonight in the ALCS Game 6 against the Kansas City Royals. But, while he’s going to be pitching to give his new team an opportunity to advance to the World Series, this may be his final start North of the Border.
Price has been mishandled by manager John Gibbons twice this postseason. Both times, Gibbons had Price pitch in the bullpen, which arguably threw the talented pitcher out of his ritual.
On Wednesday, Price warmed up in the pen as Marco Estrada pitched Game 5. However, he never saw action in the game, which made him available for tonight’s critical game.
In his previous ALCS start, he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs over six hits in the loss.
Prior to this, against the Texas Rangers, he also warmed up in the pen, which made him not available in the game-clinching win, as Estrada received the call.
The 30-year-old has to be frustrated with the way he’s been handled by Gibbons. Regardless about how the manager has dealt with him, the ace is about to cash in.
While the Chicago Cubs are being mentioned, it’s more likely that Price will join the Los Angeles Dodgers, possibly replacing Zach Greinke. The 32-year-old recently opted-out of his contract (3-years, $78 million remaining) to become a free agent.
Price was with the Rays from 2008 through 2013. At the 2013 trade deadline, he was dealt to the Detroit Tigers, then moved to the Blue Jays at this year’s trade deadline. Price was several Jays acquisitions that helped propel them to the postseason for the first-time since 1993.
As a regular season starter, he is 104-56 with a 3.09 ERA in 1,441.2 innings. He also has three shutouts and 14 complete games.
However, as a playoff pitcher, his stats have drastically dropped off, as he’s just 2-7 with a 5.24 ERA in 13 games in 56 2/3 innings. He also has a save, which came during the Rays 2008 playoff run.
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