Never thought I’d write these words, but how will David Price fare for the Red Sox in 2016?
The $217M man, the ace, the new head honcho of the staff, our guy… the list goes on and on, the bottom line is that for the first time in FOREVER we have a pitcher who will likely win every five days.
Do you see that? The AL East just peed their pants.
If only we had a rotation that could follow up that first act rather than deflate like the nerdy kid’s hopes at the school dance.
In 2015 Price, at 29, went 18-5 with a league leading 2.45 ERA. He logged 220 innings while striking out 225, though that’s small potatoes next to his 2014 season where he tossed 248 innings and struck out an astounding 271.
Before we get ahead of ourselves though, Price is historically not the type of guy who strikes everyone out, he is the guy though who can toss a complete game, rack up eight K’s, and get yet another win in his already impressive resume. His career k/9 ratio is 8.6 after all.
Over his career David has been remarkably consistent–200-220 innings pitched, while posting an ERA in the high two’s or low three’s. Why should 2016 be any different? Price has spent the bulk of his career in the AL East, he knows how to pitch in Fenway, so I expect him to be well in line with his career marks. I’d say he’d do even better with the magic of Fenway behind his fastball, but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here.
Expect Price to rack up 16-18 wins this season while logging 220-230 innings pitched, while posting an ERA somewhere around 2.60-3.00. We have a stellar defense behind him, especially in the outfield, so I’m pegging him for a great first season in Fenway.
Welcome to the show Price, I look forward to watching, and writing, for the next seven years!