Chris Archer interviewed David Price about facing Chris Archer
Chris Archer interviewed David Price about facing him
When you want to know what your opponent on the mound is thinking before a matchup, sometimes it's easiest to just ask. And that's exactly what Chris Archer did before taking on David Price.
See, Archer and Price have quite a bit in common: They overlapped for a few seasons in Tampa Bay and, perhaps more importantly, both are really good pitchers -- like, ranked-second-and-fourth-in-the-American-League-for-strikeouts good. As such, they have a close friendship and something of a mentor (Price)-mentee (Archer) relationship.
On Friday, as Price spoke to reporters ahead of Saturday's matchup against Archer, the Rays pitcher sneaked over to slip in his own Q:
"Excuse me, David -- how does it feel knowing you're going to face your protégé, Chris Archer, tomorrow?"
David's answer: "I'm terrified, man."
But for Saturday's game, at least, the mentor remained the mentor. In what turned out to be a slugfest, Price's 5 IP, 4 ER and 6 Ks edged Archer's 3.2 IP, 9 ER and 3 Ks as the Blue Jays beat the Rays, 10-8. Not exactly the results you expect with two aces starting the game, but maybe Archer's question had gotten in both their heads.