Posted by: Jeremy | September 2, 2010

Price shuts down Jays (again)


David Price was his usual self against the Jays

In case you hadn’t noticed, something isn’t right with Adam Lind this year. A one-out Vernon Wells triple went to waste with Toronto down a run in the ninth last night, as Lind struck out and John Buck flew out to the track to wrap a 2-1 Rays win. Lind’s ever-common line: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. After a nice little stretch out of the All-Star break to seemingly break his season long slump, he’s now hitting .167 (9-for-54) with 14 Ks over his last 13 games.

Of course, Lind wasn’t the only one not getting it done against David Price last night — the Jays managed just five hits, with their only run coming on Buck’s solo homer to break a scoreless tie in the fifth. Sean Rodriguez’s homer off Shaun Marcum tied it in the bottom half and an Evan Longoria single off Scott Downs brought home the winner in the eighth, with Shawn Camp taking the loss for issuing a one-out walk to Ben Zobrist.

Marcum was strong again for Toronto, striking out seven and giving up five hits over six innings for his fourth straight quality start. Price was even better for Tampa Bay though, lasting eight and giving up just four hits to beat the Jays for the fourth time in four starts this year. His earned run average in those outings, however, rose drastically, bumping from 0.39 to 0.58 with the run he so-uncharacteristically allowed on Buck’s homer.

The loss means the Jays leave as losers of two of three in Tampa Bay — not at all unexpected, given they haven’t won a series there since 2007. Next up, a trip to the Bronx, with Brandon Morrow (10-6, 4.27) getting the ball in the tomorrow’s opener against “Home Run” Javy Vazquez (10-9, 4.86).

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Responses

  1. Does Lind become a trade candidate for next season if he continues to crap the bed?

  2. Maybe, now that he’s got a long-term deal. After the year he had last year, you’d like to figure he’d bounce back at some point, but the guy seems to have a different hole in his swing every night. Against lefties this year, he might as well have stayed in the dugout.

    That said, you don’t hit .300 with 35 homers and 100+ RBIs by fluke — he’s just gotta make the same adjustments that pitchers have obviously made towards him.

  3. But then again, maybe you do hit 30+ HR’s and 100+ RBI’s as a fluke. You see it all the time, especially with young “no-name” hitters.

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