As noted glider turned rider, Ed Charles Kettering, stated…“Problems are not the Price of progress.”
When the Cy Young voters cast their ballots, perhaps they should consider this game. Frankly, it was Price’s finest argument for the award yet.
Yes, baseball is a game of statistics, and a great many voters find wins and losses less reliable than ERA or WHIP or batting average against when they are choosing the year’s best pitcher. And that’s fine.
Still, baseball is also a game of moments, of standing up to the pressure against an All-Star lineup when the playoffs are on the line. It is about taming Alex Rodriguez with two outs and two runners on and a one-run lead, the way Price did in the fifth. It is about stopping a free fall when the stakes are high.
Here’s a question: What’s the argument against Price? The 27-year-old leads the majors in ERA and the American League in wins. He is now 18-5, including 10-1 in his past 15 starts. In eight matchups against Yankees ace CC Sabathia, the Rays have won seven. (Price is 5-1 in those games).
Also, he lifts his team in the most important moments, the ones that look a lot like Friday night. It doesn’t matter what sport an athlete plays or what position. The big moments always define the stars. Price might as well have been a quarterback leading a comeback or a point guard hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer or a goalie sprawled out to make the clutch save. Just asking, but shouldn’t that count for something?
“It’s got to count,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “The Yankees. This park. Everything that was at stake. It’s got to count.”
Posted: September 15, 2012 at 06:44 AM | 20 comment(s)
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