Jul 31, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) and starting pitcher David Price (14) and right fielder Jose Bautista (19) celebrate the win during the eleventh inning in a game against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
David Price. David Price. David Price. Today marks the shortly anticipated debut of David Price. Who? DAVID PRICE! This series against the Twins was already going to be exciting in that the Blue Jays were chasing them in the Wild Card standings. They are sitting one game back of the Twins (along with the Orioles) in the fight for the WC. With the momentum from taking 3 of 4 from the Royals this past weekend it is time to get going and start to truly show the American League that the team is finally ready to make a run for the playoffs. What better way to start it off than throwing out prized acquisition Price in the first of this four game set.
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The Blue Jays are still putting up runs in bunches against some pretty good opposition, but with changes and additions made to the pitching staff, look for those big-run games to be a little more lopsided in Blue Jays favour. Case in point? The Blue Jays team ERA has finally broken through the 4.00 mark (3.99). Considering where they started this is something to be enjoyed. Something that will continue to trend in the right direction as the choices John Gibbons has in the bullpen are the best they have had all year….maybe the last couple years.
Most pundits have been surprised by how well the Twins have done this season. Their rotation was underwhelming and their everyday players seemed like a group of part-time players thrust into full-time rolls. Most were just waiting for Byron Buxton to appear and make everything aaaaaaaaall rightalltightallright. Buxton did appear and has been up and down as all rookies are. The thing keeping the Twins afloat though is their surprisingly strong pitching, especially in the rotation. With Ervin Santana joining them in recent weeks they have become that much stronger. This is no fluke. The Twins are for real.
Next: Previewing Price's big debut!