Price per head sportsbooks learned that David Price, Tampa Bay Rays ace who was again the subject of trade rumors, expects to stay with the team if they can return to playoff contention.
“We’re playing well right now, so I expect to be here,” Price said on Monday.
“If we continue to play good baseball the way we have and continue to win, I feel like we have a shot, so I think that would lessen my chances of getting traded.”
July 31 is the trade deadline, and price per head sportbooks can see that Tampa Bay are 10 games out of a wild-card spot and 9½ games in the AL East behind the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pay per head services know that on Tuesday, Price, who was frustrated by trade rumors, can turn into only the fourth player in MLB history to strike out 10 or more batters in six straight starts when he takes on the New York Yankees.
Price is leading the American League with 144 strikeouts, including 54 – with only five walks – in his past five starts that span 39 2/3 innings, and was able to impress many fans and price per head sportsbooks along the way.
The player’s velocity is also going up, as his average fastball velocity did not reach 93 mph in his first six starts, but his average velocity has been 93.4 mph or higher in six of his past nine starts.
“If I do get traded, that mound is still 60 feet, 6 inches away from home plate. The bases are still 90 feet (apart). Still nine players on the field. The game doesn’t change,” Price said. “It’s just the uniform I’m wearing might change, and then my teammates. That is a very big deal. But I feel like it’s something I can handle.”
Pay per head services know that Price still doesn’t want to leave, but knows that it’s “part of the business.”
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“I completely get that,” Price said. “These guys are great owners. They run this to the best of their ability and they’ve done it extremely well. … They’ve put us in position to win whether they kept guys or traded guys.”