I know it’s early, just seven games into his Red Sox career, and I can’t believe I am writing this, but David Price so far is a bust.
A big Bust.
After getting shelled on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Price now has a 4-1 record. But the record is the only bright spot on Price’s 2016 resume. Take a look at these numbers.
His ERA is 6.75 this year. His career ERA is 3.17.
His WHIP this year is 1.38, career is 1.14.
Opponents are hitting .297 against him this season, career is .234.
And his numbers are even worse at Fenway Park. In four home games, Price has an 8.34 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has become the lefthanded Clay Buchholz, but only worse.
Is this what $217 million buys you?
This was thought to be a great signing universally when it went down in December. He was a 30-year-old ace, who has had considerable success in the AL East. He was the pitcher that you could count on every fifth day, and would be able to take pressure off the rest of the staff. Now you need to down a fifth every time he pitches.
The pressure is on Price to start living up to his contract and living up to the title of ace.
Price on his first 7 starts: "I've sucked."
— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) May 7, 2016
As the tweet above shows us, no one is more aware of how bad he has been than Price himself. After the loss to the Yankees, Price said there is nothing physically wrong with him.
David Price and John Farrell both say Price is healthy.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 7, 2016
But something is not right with him. He is lucky that the team has performed pretty well so far this season. If they had a losing record, instead of being 17-13, Price would be hearing much more criticism than he has heard so far. But after being shelled by the Yankees, the pressure will be on Price to turn things around quickly.
How he handles the pressure, and how he responds to this adversity, will go a long way in determining whether the Red Sox $217 million investment on Price will pay off.