Detroit Tigers: Week 4 Heroes and Zeroes
By Matt Pelc
May 2, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) celebrates an out against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Detroit won the game 2-1. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
#3 Hero: David Price
David Price found his way onto this list last week as a zero, but his rollercoaster year trended back up with a solid week for the lefty ace.
In two starts this week, Price was marvelous, going 15.1 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits, striking out 10 and walking just two.
The Detroit Tigers staked Price to an early 4-0 lead and, after allowing a first inning run to the Twins, he sailed through the rest of the game last Monday. It was a very solid effort for Price who was coming off the disastrous 2+ inning start against the Yankees in which he allowed eight runs.
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Perhaps making his most important start of the season, Price went to the mound on Saturday looking to reverse his team’s fortunes against the Kansas City Royals.
There are never really any must-win games in May, and even if the Tigers were swept in Kansas City it wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but just for psychological reasons (for fans) he threw his best game since Opening Day and became the first Tigers’ starter to go the distance this year.
He nearly earned a complete game shutout but shook off a two-out solo homer to close the game out and earn a 2-1 victory for his team. And that’s the David Price we expect to see every fifth day.
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