Tag:David Price
Posted on: July 25, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 8:55 pm
 

Rays may put Hellickson in bullpen

Jeremy Hellickson When the Tampa Bay Rays exorcised their previous years of futility with an AL pennant in 2008, they did so with the services of David Price in the bullpen.

The 2010 All-Star Game starter for the American League was a late-season addition to Tampa's bullpen. He was considered ready for the majors and with such quality stuff he could contribute out of the bullpen.

And contribute he did. He followed a Francisco Rodriguez-ian path through the playoffs, striking out J.D. Drew in Game 7 of the ALCS for one of the biggest moment's of the game.

Now, another young starter could be on the same path.

"Out of the bullpen, that's a possibility, and I would not be opposed to that at all. But eventually he's going to be one of the starters, there is no doubt. To get a taste, I think he could do it, and it would serve him well, and us," manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com not of Price in 2008, but Jeremy Hellickson in 2010.

"You saw he had a little taste of it in Spring Training," Maddon continued of the 23-year-old righty curerently laying waste to Triple-A.  Hellickson has a 2.51 ERA in 20 starts, posting a 12-3 record. Even better, he's whiffed 119 batters in 114 2/3 innings, walking a scant 35.

The accolades don't stop. Maddon spoke about how well Hellickson handled himself in Spring Training, which leads him to believe Hellickson can succeed with the Rays out of the bullpen.

"He came out with guys all over the place and he got out of it [against the Yankees]," Maddon said. "Very casually in a sense, he was not offended by the moment or overwhelmed by the moment. You're going to see the same kind of approach from him."

The Rays are shopping for a starting pitcher or big bat at the deadline, but one thing Tampa will do everything in its power to do is to avoid having to deal Hellickson for one.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Strasburg most marketable young player

Stephen Strasburg Tired of the Stephen Strasburg hype? Too bad -- looks like Madison Avenue is preparing to pile on.

A survey of 50 sports business executives and media personalities by Sports Business Daily said the Nationals rookie is by far the most marketable major-league player under 25, named first on 62 percent of ballots. Strasburg was previously named the fourth-most marketable in all of MLB, behind Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

"He’s got a powerhouse agent [Scott Boras], and he’s got Nike in his camp," one respondent said. "I see all those things as developing him into somebody that can be a machine out there from a marketing perspective."

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was second in the survey, followed by the Braves' Jason Heyward and the Rays' David Price. Coming in fifth: Bryce Harper, the top draft pick in June who has yet to play a professional game.

Overall, the survey doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture of baseball's future marketability. Of the top five, you've got two guys in the Washington market (big market, but invisible team) and two in the Tampa market, and except for Strasburg your average baseball fan couldn't pick any of them out of a police lineup.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 6:21 pm
 

Girardi leaning toward Price to start for AL?

David Price On a media conference call for All-Star managers Thursday, Yankees/American League skipper Joe Girardi seemed to hint that the Rays' David Price will get the nod for the AL.

"I believe he is a strong candidate,'' Girardi said of Price. "Obviously when you look at the five pitchers that we have going, the five starters -- and you have to exclude [Boston’s Clay] Buchholz because he’s on the DL -- Price, [New York’s Phil] Hughes, [Seattle’s Cliff] Lee, [Boston’s Jon] Lester, and [New York’s Andy] Pettitte, these are all qualified guys. And you look at who’s on turn.

"Price is leading the American League in wins. He’s an extremely strong candidate. I think he’s second in ERA. He’s had a fabulous first half. And we’ll look at that as we get closer to Sunday."

Girardi has until Monday to announce his decision, and it would be tough to argue against the selection of 24-year-old Price. He has won a league-best 12 games, is second to Lee among qualifying players with a 2.42 ERA and Tuesday would be his natural day to start.

Lee might be able to make an even better case with his AL-best ERA (2.34) and WHIP (0.95). But he's won four fewer games than Price (even though that's hardly his fault) and would be on four days' rest. Then there's the matter of his thought-to-be-impending trade, and the possibility that he might be in another uniform -- or in the National League -- by the All-Star Game.

Speaking of the National League, Charlie Manuel is in a bit of a tough spot. Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez would seem to be a no-brainer given his accomplishments this season (15-1 record, 2.20 ERA, no-hitter), but he had been surprisingly human in his three starts (8.66 ERA) prior to Thursday's impressive win over the Cardinals. Florida's Josh Johnson, on the other hand, is on fire right now and leads baseball with a 1.70 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Braves kings of the road


Even before the Braves' 7-3 victory over the Twins, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien noted the first-place Braves have played more road games at this point than any team in baseball with 39 of their 64 games played away from Turner Field.

What makes it more interesting is that the Braves have the best home winning percentage in baseball (.760). The Braves were 6-5 on a season-long 11-game roadtrip and will return home for three games against one of the American League's best teams (Tampa Bay) and one of the AL's worst (Royals).

The Braves currently have a nine-game home winning streak as the 0-8 Kenshin Kawakami draws David Price in the first game of the Braves' series against the Rays on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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