NEW YORK -- The good news in Joe Girardi's mind is that the Yankees probably would have faced David Price three more times this season if he were still in Tampa. The bad news is they must go up against Price on Tuesday as the Tigers show off their trio of Cy Young winners.
On Monday, Girardi listed a bunch of reasons Price is so good, but one stuck out.
"He doesn’t beat himself," Girardi said.
He does beat the Yanks pretty consistently. In his career, Price is 10-5 with a 3.66 ERA against the Yankees. At Yankee Stadium, he is 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts.
The Yankees have actually hit Price once this year, but at home they continue to struggle.
On April 17, they lit him up for six earned runs in five innings in a 10-2 win in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Yankees failed to score in double digits again until July 29. On May 2, Price returned to normal against the Yankees, going seven innings and allowing just two runs in a 10-5 Rays win in the Bronx. On July 1, Price allowed just one unearned run in seven innings in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium.
The Tigers got Price for obvious reasons, but GM Dave Dombrowski did notice how he handled big games, including last September, when he pitched a complete game to beat Texas in game No. 163.
"He's got the whole package," Dombrowski said. "You don't worry about how he'll react."
Plus, he has pitched really well lately. Over his past seven starts, he has a 1.64 ERA in 55 innings. He has struck out 56, and given up just 40 hits and 10 walks.
On deck: Opposing Price (11-8, 3.11) will be Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98).