Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/14/14
It's been a rough start to the season for the AL's reigning Cy Young winner. David Price came into Wednesday night's start against the Red Sox carrying a 4.78 ERA, opponents were posting an OPS near .800 against him and the Rays were 2-6 in his starts. Things got worse against Boston, as Price gave up four runs in just 2.1 innings before leaving with a strained triceps. Price says he felt the triceps get tight a few pitches into the third inning. An MRI after the game turned out fine, but the Rays are still putting Price on the disabled list to give him a chance to rest. He won't throw for a few days, and left-hander Alex Torres will take his spot on the roster. Price is only expected to miss a few starts. While Price may not have been getting good results to start the year, he's likely been the victim of some bad luck. After Wednesday's start, opponents now have a .345 BABIP against him -- a 60-point increase over the BABIP against him in his Cy Young season. He's also seen an unusual spike in home runs: he's given up eight already this season after giving up 16 all of last year, and his 15.1% HR/FB rate this year is nearly 6% higher than his career rate. Some time off may do Price some good, but even if he's not dominant upon his return, he wouldn't be the first Cy Young winner to have a post-award slump, either. Zack Greinke saw his ERA jump from 2.16 in his 2009 Cy Young season to 4.17 in 2010. Tim Lincecum, the other winner in 2009, also saw his ERA climb by nearly a full run (2.48 to 3.43). Felix Hernandez saw a jump from 2.27 in his 2010 Cy Young season to 3.47 in 2011. If you're one to believe in xFIP, which normalizes home run rates, Price's ERA should be closer to 3.50 than the 5.24 he's carrying now. That would put him square in the middle of that group mentioned above. That'd be good-not-great, but it also shows just how hard it is to follow up a Cy Young performance. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sam Dekker scores career high after Aaron Rodgers' challenge

Brey Day: Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight after a vintage performance

Ronda Rousey on having kids: 'I'm an ovarian goldmine'

Pedro Martinez: Rose should be allowed in Hall of Fame

Pablo Sandoval 'cut things off at the root' with Giants


Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

Kingdome debt finally paid off 15 years after demolition

49ers waive Jonathan Martin

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Russell Westbrook was very ‘confused’ by media after loss

NCAA 'concerned' over Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill

How a basketball-themed art exhibit changed perceptions

Bucs admit they’ve been getting calls about Mike Glennon

The last Expo standing

NHL ships nets which have room for cameras inside posts

Toronto Raptors limping into the playoffs

Best picks ever at every spot in first round of NFL Draft

Alonzo Mourning confirms “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”

CC Sabathia attempting to get healthier by getting … fatter?

You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

Is Chuck Pagano receiving the Jim Harbaugh treatment?

Wideouts wearing out their welcome

Dean Smith willed $200 to each of his former players

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight after a vintage performance

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Agent: Sam was horrible at veteran combine

Keeping judo ‘pure’ in Europe means keeping MMA out

The Sweet 16 should be seen as success

On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.