There are underdogs, and then there’s whoever runs against Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in a pitching awards race. But Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price has edged the best pitcher in baseball out of winning this year’s Cy Young, as Price took home the coveted prize for the American League on Wednesday.
Price had another great year with the Rays, going 20-6 with an MLB best 2.56 ERA. For his efforts, Price received 14 of 28 possible first-place votes, barely edging out Verlander who finished with just four more points and 3 first-place votes.
For those keeping score, Los Angeles Angels ace Jared Weaver finished in a distant third place.
Price is without a doubt the best pitcher the Rays have ever had in their franchise’s history, and although that might seem like not saying much, there’s never been a time that the Rays haven’t felt confident sending Price to the mound, and never before Price did other teams utter that they were nervous about facing a pitcher from Tampa.
He debuted with the Rays back in 2008 and coincidentally, the team has been competitive ever since then. He started the 2010 All-Star Game for the American League and in just his fifth season in the majors, he’s done everything from pitch in playoff games, to giving up Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit thus etching his name into baseball lore.
But Price is showing no signs of slowing, he’s never had major surgery and he’s just now hitting his prime. Don’s expect him or the Rays to go anywhere and feel free to hold your breath until he wins his next Cy Young, as it won’t be long.