LHP David Price admits he will take the mound today with a specific milestone in mind: getting the Rays' 88th win. And if in doing so he gets his 20th, well, that would be even better. "It's pretty special," Price said. "I would love to get to that mark, and not a whole lot of guys get to get there. It would be good for me, it would be good for the organization. I know this team wants me to get there." Though new sabermetric stats provide alternative ways to measure a pitcher's performance, both Price and manager Joe Maddon said the 20-win mark remains significant. Price (19-5, 2.56) would be the first Ray to do so and, at age 27, the youngest in the AL since 2004, when 24-year-old Johan Santana did. "There's other ways of looking at it regarding awards, but when it comes right down to it, to win 20 games as a starting pitcher has always been the benchmark for success," Maddon said. "You feel like you've accomplished a lot. … Organizationally and for him personally it would be kind of a neat thing to happen."
Tampa Bay Rays' David Price not focused on 20 wins, wouldn't mind it, either
Tampa Bay Times | Sep 30