Price looks to minimize walks, extend innings against Colorado

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1:08pm
Staff reports

David Price has yet to lose a game in the Major Leagues this season. Likewise, he has not lost patience … but he’s getting close on the latter.

The former Vanderbilt All-American has made four starts for the Tampa Bay Rays and has not yet pitched into the seventh inning. Likewise, he did not make it out of the sixth in eight starts for Class AAA Durham before he was promoted.

The problem has been the number of hitters he’s walked – 18 in 19 innings pitched for the Rays. That has led to high pitch counts and early departures.

“It's frustrating, it is,” Price told mlb.com. “I can't really pinpoint it. I never had problems throwing strikes in my entire life, and it's something I'm struggling with a little bit right now.”

Even so, he is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA. He has twice as many strikeouts (26) as he does hits allowed (13), and the Rays are unbeaten in his last three starts.

Price is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against Colorado (7:40 p.m. CDT).