Thursday night saw a battle of the reigning Cy Young Award winners for only the third time in MLB history. David Price was on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays while R.A. Dickey started for the Toronto Blue Jays. Although neither pitcher has had their Cy Young form so far this season, it was still a decent battle.
Both pitchers left the contest with a no-decision. So if this was boxing match, I think Price would take this battle by a split decision. He gave up four runs, but only two of them were earned. He went eight innings and struck out eight. On the other side of the ledger, Dickey went six innings giving up three runs, two of them earned. Price wins on my scorecard because he went two more innings and Dickey walked five hitters, which in turn caused his pitch count to escalate.
One thing became clear in Thursday’s contest, neither will be in contention for the 2013 Cy Young Award unless they have a major turnaround very soon. Even after one of his better outings of the season, Price’s ERA is still at 5.64, while Dickey’s is just slightly lower at 5.06.
The two pitchers are in a very similar position in that their teams will need them to fix what is wrong with them in order to contend. The Blue Jays, who were much hyped during the offseason, have been awful while the Rays have only been slightly better. If these two guys continue how they are going, the only thing their teams will be battling for is the cellar in the American League East.