I seriously don’t know what I did before I could make all these God awful David Price puns.
For those of you who continuously say or insinuate that the Price is indeed not right, I hope his start on Father’s Day was enough to at least make you think about reconsidering your opinion of the Ace of the Red Sox staff.
Price (for the third straight start) went eight innings, gave up just one run, walked zero, and struck out seven. Mookie Betts picked him up in the eighth inning with what would end up being the game winning home run, putting the Sox up 2-1.
David had been very good in his past few starts. He had an ERA hovering around 2.6 in around 50 innings pitched. They were starts that encouraged the fans and the team that he was getting back on the right track. Sunday was the coup de grace, though. It was that dominant Ace-like performance that we had all been waiting to see from the 200 million dollar man.
For those of you saying the Mariners aren’t that good of a team, and we shouldn’t be encouraged by Price’s (and Rick Porcello‘s, for that matter) outing(s), stop. The Mariners are the second highest scoring team in the league, behind Boston.
The game on Sunday was a nail biter. I really can’t think of many times this season or last when the Red Sox were in a legit pitcher’s duel. These are the type of games where you’re thankful you have a guy like David Price on the team. If it were any other pitcher on the mound, besides Price or Steven Wright, the Red Sox would have lost that game. No doubt in my mind.
David Price wasn’t so good in April and half of May, but since then, he’s been transforming into the Ace the Red Sox signed in December. We’ll see if his stellar start on Sunday was the final step to being the David Price of old.