“I’m saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox.”- David Price on Dec. 4th 2015.
HA what a sick joke David. Why would you break my heart again? All throughout the regular season I watched as Price continually disappointed me with mediocre start after mediocre start. The $30 million man did what he does best and broke down once again in the playoffs last Friday night against the Cleveland Indians. Price went 3.1 innings giving up 6 hits and 5 earned runs. I would hate to be the guy who washed Price’s uniform after his start on Friday, because of the huge load he probably left in it.
Throughout his playoff career, Price has gone 2-8 with a 5.54 ERA. His regular season statistics are night and day from his postseason performances. Throughout his 9 seasons he has recorded a 121-62 record and an outstanding 3.21 ERA. So what makes Price an All-Star pitcher during the regular season and an incapable wienie during the postseason?
Maybe Price doesn’t have what it takes to pitch in Boston or any high pressured situation. Let’s take a look throughout the career of David Price. Price started with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. During his 6 and a half seasons with the Rays, Price was lights out, becoming a 4 time All-Star and a Cy Young Award winning pitcher. Price enjoyed much of this success because of the lack luster media coverage in Tampa. The Rays are lucky if they can field over 10,000 fans at a game. Most people in Florida are either out on the links or playing shuffle board at a retirement home, not rooting for the Rays at Tropicana Field. Even with the lack of media coverage, we saw Price go 1-4 in the playoffs.
Price was then shipped to Detroit, a much bigger market than that of Tampa Bay. In the Motor-City Price continued his stellar regular season success. In one full season with the Tigers he went 13-8 and kept his ERA under 3. Once the lights got brighter during the postseason we saw the same ole’ Price we are used to seeing. He lost his one playoff start with Detroit and was then shipped off to Toronto during next year’s trade deadline.
Over in “The 6”, Price continued his ways, putting together a 9-1 record and a 2.30 ERA in just ½ of a season. The Jays took the AL East with the help of Price but once again we saw shades of Price’s old self in the playoffs. In Price’s 4 playoff starts with Toronto he went 1-2 and had a 6.23 ERA. You can see the trend can’t you?
So now that takes us to this year. Boston is known to chew athletes up and spit them out. The media is relentless. Price was not his normal self this year. Even with his 17-9 record and 3.99 ERA during the regular season, we saw Price continually struggle. My confidence in Price was shot half-way through the year but I held out hope because of that quote I posted at the top of the article. Maybe Price was going to change his ways come playoff time…sadly my hopes were crushed once again. In the biggest game of the season, Price struggled to locate any of his pitches and left everything up in the strike zone. Price should stop making false promises and start focusing on winning in the playoffs.