Boston Red Sox starter David Price pitched six innings against the Phillies, still knows he can do better
Everyone was on David Price after his blow up against the Yankees where he gave up six runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He also walked four and struck out four. Still this is a far cry from the old Price of 2015 and parts of 2016. He’s still coming back from what many thought was a major arm injury, we need to give him time.
He’s still having issues with the long ball. He’s allowed at least one home run in each of his four starts this season. If had hadn’t allowed the home run last night, Price’s line would have been six innings scattering one run on three hits. That’s a lot better. If Price can manage to work on getting rid of that element from his game and walking so many batters, that fire he had once before will come surging back.
Price walked four batters in back to back starts for the first time as a member of the Red Sox and his first since August 16th and 21st of 2010 when he walked four batters against Detroit and five batters against the Rangers. Price has never walked four or more in three straight starts. Clearly control and command are not at 100%. This is largely in part of spending time on the shelf rehabbing. I’m not concerned.
Patience is a virtue. He’s had two decent starts, one dud, and star performance so far this season. His ERA still needs to come down and that will hopefully happen with time. His ERA has steadily increased over the last three years. In 2015, his ERA was 2.45, in 2016, his first year as a member of the Red Sox he had a 3.99 ERA. So far this season his ERA stands at 5.09. While it’s still alarming, fans need to remain patient.
His next start will be against the Astros in Houston on Sunday night where he’ll look to get his second win on the season.
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