David Price was signed this past offseason to be the Ace of the Red Sox staff for the next few years. To put it bluntly, the $217 million dollar man has been a disappointment. I, along with many others, expected an ERA under 3.00 and a top 3 finish in the AL Cy Young voting, but I’m sick and tired of people acting like he has been a huge failure.
First off, the most glaring statistic to me is that since May 12th(21 starts), David Price has an ERA of 3.31 with 133 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched. Looking at every other pitcher in the American League since that very same day, Price has been a top 10 pitcher in the AL since he fixed the mechanical issue pointed out by Red Sox 2nd baseman, Dustin Pedroia, before David’s start on May 12th. Yes, the 2nd baseman noticed the major flaw in Price’s delivery and not the pitching coach, Carl Willis and/or the team’s manager, John Farrell. Some people clearly aren’t doing their job. What is clearly more than just a hot streak for Price still has certain Red Sox fans feeling like Price has been a complete disaster.
Now to those people who say that I’m picking and choosing just his good starts and discrediting the bad starts, I’m not. I’m talking about a 4 month period where Price has been a top 10 pitcher in the American League. The 3.97 ERA and the mediocre 13-8 record on the season are usually what people look to when judging Price, but that number is inflated heavily by a select 6 starts that Price has had where he allowed greater than 4 runs. Now, bad starts do need to be taken into account when looking at a pitchers season, but we’ve seen more a lot more good than bad out of Price this season, yet people seem to only remember the very bad starts.
First impressions are very important in Boston. People remember the first glimpses they see of players in this town and a bad start to one’s Boston career can be very hard for a player to shake. David Price has had his rough starts, most coming in the early parts of the season, and everybody is quick to jump on him for them, but he also has had plenty of good starts go unnoticed due to a bad day for the offense or a bullpen failure to close the game.
Date ————-David Price Pitching Line —Final Score
June 3rd vs Blue Jays: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 SO, L TOR 5- BOS 2
June 8th @ Giants: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 7 SO, L SFG 2-BOS 1
June 14th vs Orioles: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 11 SO, L BAL 3-BOS 2
July 5th vs Rangers: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 10 SO, L TEX 7-BOS 2
July 28th @ Angels: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 6 SO, ND LAA 2-BOS 1
Right there are 5 games where David Price has pitched like an ace and the Red Sox couldn’t scrape out a win. And it’s a shame because when people look at those games, they just see the loss and fail to recognize David Price had a “David Price” like start. If Price gets the win in those 5 games, he’d be sitting with a W-L record of 18-4.
If that were the case, well the narrative would be completely different with David Price.
By Mark Panzini
Mark Panzini is a co-host for the Game Time Decision Podcast and can be contacted through his twitter @MarkPanzini17