<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>11 K's and a tip of the cap from <a href="https://twitter.com/DAVIDprice14">@DAVIDprice14</a>: <a href="http://t.co/9JlF5FhQMP">pic.twitter.com/9JlF5FhQMP</a></p>— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/481884697304125440">June 25, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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.
David Price shared postgame yesterday that he's, "never been as good as I am right now, period...this is the best pitcher I've ever been."
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 Freak was the old Tim Lincecum yesterday, and the best part of it all: the season numbers he's this year and the last, the years of his two no-hitters.
- The Hardball Times continues to produce quality pieces, sharing "The Complicated Serenity of Being On-Deck" today.