Playing A Little Pepper

Will today be David Price’s last start with the Rays?…Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop for the 5th time this season as Yunel Escobar sits with a sore shoulder. Escobar may be available during the game.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, SS
  3. Matt Joyce, DH
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Brandon Guyer, LF
  7. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  8. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. David Price, SP
 
 

5 Comments

  1. ken says:

    Regardless of when he goes, being on the first base line and watching Price just walk off the field is the saddest moment I’ve experienced as a baseball fan, and I’m an old fart.

  2. Gus says:

    It is a bummer for me to have followed the Raysplayers through several complete life cycles — from drafting Crawford, BJ and Price and then to see them all leave. Even though he has been maddening this season, Price has been the greatest Ray of all time (better than Shields and Longo I think) and he won the pennant as a rookie reliever, the pinnacle of the Rays franchise (and was shelled in Game 162, but we can ignore that for now). Plus, I think he’s a really good dude. I’ve met him off the field on several occasions and he is more or less like the player you see in front of the camera. You can’t blame him (or CC or BJ) for looking for the big $ contract, but it still is a bummer saying goodbye.

    Just hope it is in the National League where he can get his long-awaited first career HR.

    Take care DP. You’ve been fun to watch grow up.

  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Given DP’s post game comments and his tip of the cap I would assume there’s a deal cooking and out of respect management let him know that even beyond speculation this would be his last start at the Trop.

    I found it interesting that he (Price) spit out a little trivia; saying that his last pitch for Vandy was a HR, his last pitch last year (when he thought he would never be back) was a HR, and today’s last pitch at the Trop was a homer…

    His trade value has probably never been higher considering that he and Kershaw are head and shoulders above the rest of the league right now… and his current 5 games with 10+ K’s is the first such streak in a decade. Sell high… make it count! Management messes this transaction up and many of the Rays management apologists (myself included) are going to have a hard time remembering the wise moves as opposed to the bad ones.

  4. Dave L says:

    Ken, Gus and Smith, we have to say thank you David Price for what he has done for the Rays org going forward for 2015 and beyond, based on his b*lls to the wall pitching performance this year overall but especially the last few starts.

    He is putting up strikeout rates that are historical and increase his value to Potential MLB suitors but more importantly for what the Rays will get in return.

    Those MLB scouts in the prime seats with thier Radar gun in their left hand and their Dan Ackroyd SNL Drool cups overflowing while thier right hand…..well this is a family site but you get the picture. His value is at an all time high.

    Did I mention he’s a rare wicked lefty?

    Thank you David P for increasing your return value for your soon to be former club going forward.

    Zobrist is raking as well…………………..

    • ken says:

      Indeed Dave, the entire Rays fan base does need to be thankful for the ride DP has given us. Since ’08 when was instrumental in putting the Rays on the map the dude has given Rays fans nothing less than his best. He is ferocious on the mound, win or lose. Some have found his clubhouse and after-game demeanor aloof. Not me, I always enjoyed his droll handling of the press. Plus his kind of goofy presence on the bench, his unyielding support of teammates and his kindness to young fans is a refreshing example of professionalism . He will be missed.

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