Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….
Joe has nothing against David Price. But one of the most talented pitchers in baseball sometimes is a big tease. Just when Joe thinks the guy has turned the corner to be a dominant starter, Joe is quickly slapped in the face just like some hottie at Hooters does on a regular basis.
Price is simply not a big-game pitcher. Not yet. When the Rays really, really, really need him to be a lockdown stopper, he comes up short.
Sure, against the Oaklands of the world Price looks like the second coming of Steve Carlton. Tonight when the Rays sorely needed a win in Gotham to lock up a series win … blech.
A pair of homers did Price and the Rays in tonight. And 11 hits in seven innings? That’s not the stuff of an ace.
Until Price can regularly lock up opponents’ bats, and bats of strong teams like the Yankees, he will be no better than the Rays’ No. 3 pitcher behind Big Game Shields and Hellboy.