When David Price was with the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees managed, despite his pedigree, to have some good at-bats against him, even beating him on more than one occasion. The pinnacle of that success, it could be argued, was the day Derek Jeter got his 3,000th career hit, a home run over the left-centerfield wall. Everyone remembers how Price went down on one knee, almost as soon as the ball left Jeter's bat.
Fast forward to August 27, 2014: Price faced the Yankees as a Detroit Tiger and, in two innings, his line was 2IP, 12H, 8ER, 1BB, 3K on 68 pitches. Neither a change of clothing or a change of scenery seemed to have helped him.
Fast forward again, to last night: Price went into the game with a 0.14 ERA and, one out into the third inning, his line was 2.1IP, 10H, 8ER, 3BB, 2K on 88 pitches. This outing was even worse than the last one.
It's funny how one guy can have so much trouble--or, so much success--with one team, even when that team's personnel changes. During the broadcast last night, John Flaherty suggested that it would behoove other teams to find out what the Yankees were doing right against Price. I don't think it is anything that concrete.
Taking a page from soon-to-be-inducted Hall Of Famer Pedro Martinez, there is nothing for David Price to say. The Yankees are his daddy.