May 21, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
#2 Hero: David Price
A few weeks back, the Detroit Tigers needed their ace to end their lengthy losing skid. With the offensive struggling, they really needed a complete game out of David Price and they got one to end the skid.
They received yet another one in Price’s one start this week, but he kicked it up a notch, pitching a complete game shutout instead of allowing just one run.
Price was masterful against Cleveland on Friday and, after an uneven start, the lefty really appears to be hitting his groove. In his last five outings, he has not allowed more than two runs.
Not only was it a good personal performance for Price, the team seems to play better for him. The Tigers improved to 11-2 in his 13 appearances this season. That is precisely what you want your ace to give you. Personal pitching wins are great, sure, but if he puts you in a position to win games, that’s exactly what you need.
The only downside, of course, is that Price’s free agent value is ballooning. At this point you have to assume he will receive Max Scherzer-money, but if he continues to play at this level that could go even higher, not to mention the premium of very good left-handed pitchers, it might be hard for the Tigers to retain his services beyond this year.
So I guess we enjoy it while it lasts and hope for the best.