This afternoon, David Price picked up his fourth win with a ten strikeout, no walk performance against the Blue Jays. But with 118 pitches, Joe Maddon pulled Price from the game with 2 outs in the ninth inning, despite no runners on base, denying Price the shot at a complete game.
After the game, Todd Kalas pulled Price aside and asked him about being pulled in the ninth. What follows is not the face of a happy man…
Sorry about the crappy audio, but if you couldn’t make it out. At the very end, Price turns his head away and says, “I don’t want to talk about it.”
We understand Price’s frustration and love that he has that fire in his belly despite his typically jovial personality. But we also can’t blame Maddon for making the move.
In his career, Price has only thrown 120 pitches in a game once. That was a 122-pitch loss to the Twins last July. If Price stays in, there is a good chance he exceeds that mark.
And consider that the Rays have had the healthiest starting rotation in the majors the last few years. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because Maddon and the front office are cautious with their young arms.
Remember, it always better to pull a pitcher too soon than too late.