Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 25, 2014
We know it's coming, and it makes sense, but I hate these "potentially his last start at home" games. Though I will say, I had tears streaming down my face when it was James Shields leaving the mound and B.J. Upton on the bench crying into a towel. Those apparently tugged at my ole heart strings a wee bit more for some reason.
Is he right? Looking at the numbers, seems so:
- DP is the the first pitcher to throw 5 consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts, the first to do so since Johan Santana with the Twins in 2004.
- He's had 8 Games with 10 or more K's in 2014, which is a team record and three more than any other pitcher (Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka).
- In his five June starts he's had 54 strikeouts, making that the franchise record for any month, which was previously held by Scott Kazmir at 50 in August 2007.
- And they just keeping coming: in four straight starts David has worked 8 IP and recorded 10 strikeouts, making him the first guy to do that since Randy Johnson in 2002.
- Is the first pitcher to record 8 double-digit strikeout games in his team's first 80 games since Curt Schilling in 2002, and the first AL pitcher to do so since Pedro Martinez in 2001.
- Probably the most impressive: Price is on pace for 292 strikeouts, which would be the most in the majors since 2002 and in the AL since 1999.
(Stats c/o Marc Topkin and the Rays press team)
"My last batter at Vanderbilt was a home run," Price said. "My last hitter last year was a home run (in the playoffs) when I thought I was gone. You guys think I'm out of here now, and my last hitter for the Rays was a home run again. So take that into consideration."
- These will never get old. A young Royals fan received a surprise reunion with his his dad at the Royals game Tuesday night, not knowing his father was back after a year-long tour of duty. All the feels.
- The Hardball Times continues to produce quality pieces, sharing "The Complicated Serenity of Being On-Deck" today.