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Baseball is a funny game. Heading into Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays had shut out the Cleveland Indians in their last two games. On Friday, 23-year old Matt Moore held the Indians to two hits in a 4-0 victory. Saturday, another of the Rays talented young pitchers, Alex Cobb, scattered four hits in 7 1/3 innings while the Rays blanked Cleveland 6-0. With brooms out in full force at Tropicana Field, and reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price on the mound, it appeared that a sweep was in store for the Indians. Cleveland sent Justin Masterson to the mound against the Rays, a team that has had it’s way with the right hander. Masterson entered the contest with a lifetime 1-7 record with a 7.74 ERA while facing the Rays. Everything appeared set for the Rays to record an early season sweep of their AL Central opponent. Not so fast. To say that Price wasn’t sharp would be an understatement. At times, he appeared to be throwing batting practice against a lineup that struggled to get base hits against the Rays rotation at the start of the weekend. Price was hit hard and often, surrendering 10 hits in just five innings of work. Price also allowed 8 earned runs, the worst outing of his young career. Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that he has no reason for concern regarding Price and that he didn’t want the start to linger in the left handers mind too long. “I don’t want him to stew on a game like this at all. Just throw it in the garbage can. There’s another Cy Young Award winner that had a hard time today. It’s really incredible what’s going on.” Maddon’s reference was to Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner who was shelled in his start as well. Dickey allowed 10 hits as well and seven earned runs against the Boston Red Sox in the Blue Jay’s 13-0 loss. Dickey is now 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in his first two starts of the season. According to Elias Sports, Sunday was the first time in baseball history that the reigning AL and NL Cy Young Award winners, pitching on the same day, allowed 8 or more runs and 10 hits in their respective starts. Price has started just two games in the young season, but one has to wonder if it’s time for concern. Price has not looked sharp in either start as he assumes the role of the Rays number one starter after the trade of James Shields to the Kansas City Royals this last offseason. After starts against the Orioles in the season opener and Sunday against the Indians, Price has a record of 0-1 with an ERA of 8.18. In uncharacteristic fashion, the lefty has allowed 22 baserunners in just 11 innings of work. While not allowing a three-run homer all of the 2012 season, Price served up two on Sunday. Price showed frustration after the game while speaking to members of the media. “I’m fighting myself right now. It’s tough, for as good as I feel out there on the mound to go out there and be my own worst enemy. I’ve just got to get out of my own way and just throw the ball…I’m fighting myself right now, my delivery.” Price will get a shot a redemption in five days as the Rays embark on a 10-game road trip. His next start will be a 1:05 start in Boston against fellow left hander Jon Lester. Lester has started the season a perfect 2-0 with an ERA of 1.50. Lester has struck out 13 in 12 innings pitched.       The post Tampa Bay Rays David Price suffers worst start of his career appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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