Just when Tampa Bay Rays fans thought the season couldn’t get any worse for their young stud pitcher David Price, it did. Leaving the game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday with tighness in his left triceps, the left-handed starter very well could make a trip to the disabled list.
The 27-year-old, who won the 2012 American League Cy Young award, is just 1-3 with a 4.78 earned run average over 52.2 innings this season. Allowing 73 total base runners and being on an expedited pace of allowing the most home runs in his career, there is speculation that his troubles stem from severe allergy issues that he has had since the very start of the season.
Price, who has not had an ERA over 3.49 since 2009, should bounce back and get back into top form sooner or later as he has averaged nearly a strike out per inning over the last three seasons, while keeping opposing hitters to a .226 batting average. Hitters this year though are hitting .287.
If you are in a fantasy league and you are in need for a starting pitcher, this could be a great chance at buying low. Wait for the word of his move to the disabled list and then call up your league mate with condolences. Work his name into a, “I’ll give you my problem player for yours” and reap the rewards a few weeks from now.
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