May 28, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
#5 Hero: David Price
We mentioned in our game preview before Saturday night’s game that to finally break their long, long skid they needed a gem from their ace, probably a complete game shutout given the offense’s track-record during the 8-game losing streak.
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There was no shutout, but David Price did go the distance and the offensive came alive in the surprisingly easy 7-1 victory to end the losing skid.
Price tried to be the streak stopper on May 31. He was not quite as effective, but deserved better after Joba Chamberlain allowed two of Price’s runs to score with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 Angels’ lead and eventual win.
The left-hander may only have five wins thus far in the season, but aside from the Yankees’ game earlier this year, he puts his team in a place to win games as is attested by the Tigers’ 10-2 record during his 12 starts in 2015.
We discussed on last week’s MCB TigerTalk Podcast on whether or not David Price is an ace. I think his performance this week–and this year–has made it clear that he is an ace.
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