Let’s throw it back to the winter: coming off another poor year, the Red Sox and their fans were looking for that “ace” that they have so deeply needed. Then, in early December, the headline broke: “Breaking News: David Price signs with the Red Sox”.
After that, all the sports talk shows and media pundits were putting the Red Sox back on top; looking for another World Series, and David Price would be the catalyst that fuels the team to victory… that hasn’t gone as planned.
Never really at any point in the season has Price been the ace/lights out pitcher that his big contract pays for. His current 6.00 ERA is in the bottom half of the American League, and don’t let the 5-1 record fool you: Price hasn’t been good. It just hasn’t been his velocity being down 2-3 MPH, his overall stuff just hasn’t been as crisp as it has before. Many people think that maybe he’s hurt. Maybe he’s going though a “dead arm” phase, but none of that was the case. After getting roughed up against the Yankees on May 7th, Red Sox all star second baseman, Dustin Pedroia noticed something was wrong with Prices delivery. it wasn’t the same as it had been in his dominant years with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Toronto.
Pedroia noticed that when Price lifted his leg to deliver the pitch, his glove would stay down and wouldn’t get the drive that he normally would. After the game, Price watched film and saw that actually was indeed the case. He then worked at it before his next start. Price looked like his “ace form” in his last outing against the Astros, going 6.2 IP 1 ER 1BB and 12 K.
Now that’s the ace that we spent that money on. That’s the ace we need. Hopefully Price can keep this up, as he looks pretty solid in the second game of today’s double header in Kansas City, with one earned run in seven innings.