David Price Has Encouraging Outing In Loss Against White Sox
David Price made his season debut this afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, in a 5-4 Red Sox loss. Many were skeptical about the lefty pitching for the Boston Red Sox after his poor rehab performances with AAA Pawtucket. In 2 rehab starts with AAA Pawtucket, he went 5.2 innings, allowing 12 hits, 9 runs, 6 earned runs, 2 walks and 8 K’s.
Today, Prices’ outing was very encouraging if you are the Red Sox. In his outing today, Price went 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 3 runs, walking 2, he hit 2 batters, and struck out 4 on 88 pitches (58 strikes). His fastball was sitting 95mph and he was getting a lot more swing and misses then he did last time out against the Louisville Bats.
After watching his rehab start against the Louisville Bats, I thought he was going to pitch very well today. The only thing he struggled with in that outing was fastball command. Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles said after that game that he the ball was coming out of his hand really well. The only problem that he had was his command, but he thought that would come around. Today against the White Sox, it did.
Price did hit 2 batters and walked 2, but he only made one mistake on the afternoon that hurt him. That being the 3 run home run Melky Cabrera hit on a 95mph fastball. This could have been an ugly outing by Price, but he was able to limit the damage by the White Sox.
“I’m back”- David Price
After the game Price was confident that his command and execution of pitches would sharpen as he got more starts under his belt. That is completely understandable. Price hasn’t really pitched since last season, he has a lot of rust. In his next start on Saturday at Baltimore, I fully expect to see the David Price we all know, an ace.