Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/21/14
Detroit Tigers (67-56) at Tampa Bay Rays (61-64)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
David Price (L) (12-8) (3.166) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (8-6) (3.190)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +104 / Detroit Tigers -114 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
David Price makes his return to Tampa Bay to face his former club in the midst of a divisional pennant race with the Kansas City Royals.
The Tigers have struggled since making a move to acquire David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays and combined with some stellar play from the Royals they find themselves in a dead heat with their division rivals for top spot and an automatic berth into the postseason. Price himself has played well in his new digs and earned a statement victory over Felix Hernandez and the Mariners in his last outing but you can be sure this one will have a special feel to it for both Price and the Rays batters who will be playing in special circumstances. Price was the ace for the Rays franchise for years and even earned them a Cy Young nod but in what was an inevitable move he was dealt at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st feeling they were out of contention and could receive some nice pieces in return. Price gets his shot at proving the Rays made a mistake and while he has been brilliant all season I think we can expect a little more bounce in his step in this one.
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The Rays were playing some of the league’s best baseball before the trade deadline and many were speculating that they would move Price at all but with the Orioles taking over the AL East and the Yankees and Red Sox making moves it only made sense that the Rays looked ahead to next season and beyond. Tampa has some solid pitching options still in the rotation including today’s starter Alex Cobb who will be leaned on heavily to fill the void left by Price as he and Chris Archer are considered the new mainstays of the Tampa pitching core. However, I find it a little hard to believe we are getting the Tigers with Price on the bump against his former team at such a reasonable number and while I understand that the Rays are technically still in the hunt for a wild card spot it is certainly a long shot whereas the Tigers have one of the bets hitting lineups in baseball and are in the thick of a pennant race. Sign me up for the visitors and Price.