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David Price is pitching gem after gem this season.
If the Yankees want to hold their division lead, they're going to have to light up Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price—you know, the Cy Young favorite?
Price is pitching phenomenally this season; he has the most wins in the AL East at 16-4. Price also has the lowest ERA in the AL with 2.39. This season, he's struck out 159 batters, bringing his career number of strikeouts to 679.
According to ESPN.com's batter vs. pitching stats, New York has a .246 batting average against Price. However, as a team, the Yankees have 338 at-bats, and they've struck out 66 times. They have managed to get 83 hits off the starting pitcher, but only 13 of those hits have been home runs.
However, Derek Jeter has David Price's number; he's batting .292 with an OBP of .382. In most outings, the Yankee captain has gotten the best of Price—remember, his 3,000th hit was a homer against the pitcher.
Nick Swisher has also gotten the best of Price—he's hitting .375 in 32 at-bats. What has helped Swisher is his incredible plate discipline. He's drawn nine walks against the Rays' starting pitcher.
New York has two series remaining against Tampa: three games at Yankee Stadium and three at Tropicana Field. With the Rays on the Bombers' heels, they need to cushion their lead with every chance, and it's highly likely they'll see Price in one—maybe two—of those upcoming games.