The fastball is better, but where is Price’s stuff? And what is this “something else” he kept hinting at in post-game?
It’s been five days. You know what that means; it’s time to evaluate David Price the only way he wants it: his performance on the mound.
Fresh off the high of David Ortiz’s number retiring, the hope is that the team feeds off the positive energy, and to remember that the Red Sox are trying to accomplish something big together without their biggest leader.
I don’t mean to rag on about the Red Sox teams from the last decade, but they went from the “25 players, 25 cabs” Red Sox to World Champions with guys like Kevin Millar, Pedro Martinez, and David Ortiz being important to team chemistry. Yes, I said the “c” word about baseball.
If there’s nobody leading the players (I don’t think Farrell or Pedroia want that job, either), then they sure as hell better play well by themselves.
Now you get where I’m going with this. David Price got another chance Saturday night to return to dominance against the crapbag Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who are of course without the best hitter on the planet.
There seems to be a pattern with Price this year, and it’s been strong first innings followed by disappointing seconds. This time around, it was the first inning where he had his hiccup. His hiccups also have a pattern to them: when he gives up a run or two, he seems to get it together and battle back. Like so, he gave up only one run in the first inning.
Luckily, Mitch Moreland tied the game at 1 in the second inning with a home run.
That was enough to get Price through the third inning smoothly. At this point, Price even hit 97 on his fastball, and that’s another good sign that his elbow is closer to where it should be.
Price lets up a run in the fourth inning, but for once it’s not entirely his fault. Xander Bogaerts makes an error on the throw to first, letting Danny Espinoza on. Espinoza steals second, and Eric Young Jr. scores him on a double.
Another double causes Price to surrender his third run in the sixth inning, as the Angels sacrificed two outs to get the runner home.
In Price’s defense, there was no run support to speak of, so he had to manage all game.
The final statline: six innings, six hits, three runs and two of them earned, one walk, five K’s.
Overall, not a bad start that could’ve been better with more room to work with from run support. It’s still a disappointment because of how awful the Angels really are without Mike Trout, but it’s forward progress.
I’ve been on him about walks the whole month he’s been back, and this time he only gave up one late in his start, which is great. The control was definitely there, but his fastball is still his only weapon right now. He looks less confident in his stuff, and that’s a huge blindfold to put on a pitcher. Of course, the fastball is what gets it done in this league, but he’ll need his stuff to be dominant soon.
An awkward post-game with the media was expected, but this one was just bizarre:
There’s a lot of stuff going on? Buddy, he only asked whether or not you wanted to come out. You’re lucky enough to get a yes/no question at this stage of your career. It’s not open ended.
He followed up his first comment with a snippy “what makes you think a pitcher would ever wanna come out of a game?”
I will admit, the next question he gets is kinda silly, since Price has maintained that there’s nothing wrong with his elbow, which in no uncertain terms means there’s no injury anymore.
But to say there’s always something after coming back from injury?
Ugh, that is just weak. I’m sorry. Everybody on your team is dealing with something, and you don’t hear them whining to the media about it. Why? Because they’re professionals. It’s an insult to the team to say something like that, even if they gave you nothing at the plate tonight.
And finally, “that one’s fine” in reference to his blister. So David, do you have something else or what. What is this something else we’re left to figure out? Is it at home? In your brain? Or are you dealing with pain somewhere else now? If you want all these reporters to go away, spill the beans.
I’m satisfied with David Price the pitcher, and in deeper dissatisfaction with David Price the professional. I want to keep these two separate, but they each have a lot of work to do.
If he cuts down on the hits, keeps his control and works on his off-speed stuff, we’ll see better results plain and simple. Until then.