The Tampa Bay Rays’ ace became the first pitcher to achieve 20 wins in a season in the franchise's history. He owned the previous team record for wins, with his 19-win season in 2010. Unfortunately for Price, his wins were not enough in 2010, and he finished second in Cy Young voting to the Seattle Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez.
This season should end with a different result.
For starters, a 20-win season is one of those round numbers that is held in universal regard in baseball. His win Sunday tied Price with Jared Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the AL lead. As we learned in 2010, wins alone don’t guarantee a Cy Young winner since Hernandez won the award with only 13 wins under his belt that year.
Price’s resume is much more extensive than wins alone.
Here are three reasons David Price should win the AL Cy Young award.