Aug 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price (14) comes off the field during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers held out for as long as they could before moving David Price. And, Alex Anthopoulos was good to wait. Whether he had to wait because the other deals didn’t work out, or he was holding out for Price all along, we’ll never know. Regardless, patience pays off. And, the Blue Jays landed the better of all of these options.
In August, Price was 4-1 in 5 starts with an ERA of 2.28. He struck out 50 in his 43 innings to just 8 walks. 171 batters managed to scrape together a line of .209/.246/.319. They could only manage a 19.5% hard hit ball rate. Price pitched in some big games in August to bring the Blue Jays closer and closer to the division lead. On July 28th, the team was 8 games out of first place New York. As stated previously, a single starter cannot be given all of the credit for a team’s success, but Price was a huge reason they went 21-6 on the month and ended up 1.5 games ahead of the Yankees on Sept 1.
In September, Price has been just as good. He’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In his 12 innings, he’s piled up 15 strike outs. Batters still are not having much luck against him with a .205 average. What’s more, he’s stepped up his K rate to 11.25 per 9 innings. His WHIP is a tidy 1.17 and his FIP sits at 1.89.
When all is said and done, the Blue Jays got the better starter at the end of July. And, this might not come as a surprise to Blue Jays fans. But, a look at the numbers provides you with some proof of that sentiment. Top performance and health from Price have given the Blue Jays the ace they needed. It not only provides them with the ace to start a series, stop a losing streak, or to give an advantage in a playoff game. The acquisition of Price has given the Toronto Blue Jays a confidence boost. It has given them the belief that they are nearly invincible. None of the other options listed here would provide such a feeling.
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