Price, Rodney putting up award-worthy numbers

Price, Rodney putting up award-worthy numbers

Price, Rodney putting up award-worthy numbers
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays starters and relievers have dominated throughout 2012, leading the American League in ERA, opponents' batting average and strikeouts.

Leading the way all year long has been lefty David Price and reliever Fernando Rodney, both of whom have put up AL Cy Young Award-worthy numbers.

Price leads all Major League qualifiers with his 2.54 ERA and sits sixth in the AL in strikeouts. Rodney, meanwhile, leads all relievers with at least 50 innings with his 0.66 ERA and also boasts a strong 68 strikeouts in 69 innings.

If the duo can continue to lead the Majors, they would join just two other sets of teammates to achieve the feat in the last 50 years, joining Johan Santana and Dennys Reyes of the 2006 Twins, and Sandy Koufax and Bob Miller of the 1963 Dodgers.

Their success has Cy Young chatter building for each of them, and manager Joe Maddon doesn't believe that being teammates will hurt either of their chances.

"I think if they were both starters it could be, it possibly could be somewhat of a detriment," Maddon said. "But the fact that Fernando is relieving and David is starting, I think really separates them, just like it separates their role on the field. I think they'll be viewed differently because of that."

Who has the edge in Maddon's mind?

"I do believe that being a relief pitcher, Fernando is at a disadvantage just based on the way things are done today," Maddon said, "but I nevertheless believe he should be strongly considered in the voting. But I do believe that a starting pitcher should have an edge in today's baseball world."

Price will aim for his 19th win when he faces the Red Sox in Thursday's series finale. He'll have two other starts beyond that to try and reach the 20-win plateau.

Rodney, meanwhile, already has a career-high 43 saves and is just one shy of Jim Johnson's Major League lead. If Rodney can get two more saves, he would tie Rafael Soriano's club record of 45 in 2010.