Boston Red Sox Starter David Price Flexes In Win Over Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price struggled in his two rehab starts for the AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox. But after the second rehab start in Pawtucket, Price claimed he was back. Now after his second start at the major league level since returning from injury you can start to see what he meant by that comment in Pawtucket.
On Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles Price went seven innings and only gave up 3 hits and 1 earned run which came from a Manny Machado homerun in the 7th inning. Prices control issues in his rehab starts were also gone with the lefty only allowing one walk and struck out 7 Orioles batters in his outing.
Price pitched well enough to earn the win for Boston with the Red Sox defeating Baltimore 5-2. What we saw from Price went beyond the box score though, his velocity on his fastball topped out at 96.7 mph according to PitchFX and his average fastball velocity was sitting at 94.3 mph. The velocity is exactly what you would hope to see from Price, if that top speed gets to 97 and the avg gets to about 95 he will be right in his sweetspot.
What he was able to do against a talented Baltimore lineup is impressive given it only being his second start of the season in the majors. While I still have doubts about the longterm health of his elbow, for now though, I think Price can be the key to success this season for Boston if the rest of the rotation can stay healthy around him.
“He was outstanding,” said manager John Farrell. “I thought tonight much more consistent location to all his pitches compared to just five days ago over in Chicago. He was able to throw his cutter to both sides of the plate, he threw some really good fastballs in to some big power righthanded hitters to keep them from extending out over the plate, but he was in complete control.
“He got into a great rhythm and every time we scored or the times that we are scoring he’s going out there and putting up zeros and maintaining momentum. A big night for David and a boost for us.”
Even with Price being a boost for Boston against Baltimore, all signs point to him being even better in the near future if his elbow holds up.
“I feel like it’s going to continue to get better,” said Price, who strained his left flexor mass muscle on the last day of February. “You get six to seven starts in spring training before you have start one. That’s my fourth outing with an umpire. Fourth outing with guys on base and stuff of that nature. I expect to get a lot better than this.”