Monday, October 3, 2011
Rangers confident, but respect Price
By Richard Durrett
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price has never beaten the Rangers. In fact, they are the only AL club he's never beaten. He'll start for the ninth time against them today (including postseason), hoping to reverse his struggles. He is 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous eight starts. He's 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in two postseason starts -- both against the Rangers in the 2010 ALDS.
The Rangers have had no issues with Price. He's power pitcher and the Rangers, as manager Ron Washington will point out, counter power with power. Nelson Cruz is particularly good against him, going 7-for-13 (including postseason) with two homers and four RBIs. Elvis Andrus is 7-for-19 (including postseason) off him,
"It does give you confidence, but it doesn't mean anything," Washington said. "You have to play the game between the lines. There's a lot of things that can happen in a ballgame that maybe you can't control, so we are confident that we can go out and compete against him, but I don't think we can say what's going to happen until nine innings are over."
For a closer look at how the Rangers have done against Price, check out this blog post from ESPN Stats & Information.