The $217 million man is back.
Despite some nagging elbow injuries, Price’s time to flourish in Boston is now. The lefty has compiled six scoreless innings pitching out of the bullpen. Many questioned whether he would be willing to make the transition, or if his elbow would allow him, but thus far he has put any doubts to rest.
.@Areed43 retires the Jays in the 8th.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 28, 2017
The biggest advantage for Price – velocity. His average fastball had been far below his career average since joining the Red Sox; however it has recently spiked. In his most recent outing against the Blue Jays, he did not throw a fastball under 95 mph. This is a very encouraging sign.
The extended rest and the ability to attack hitters with his best stuff has allowed for the veteran to excel in his short time. John Farrell, and others, have compared his potential to that of Andrew Miller. The feared lefty out of Cleveland’s bullpen was a primary reason for the Tribe’s run to Game 7 of the World Series.
Immediately comparing Price to Miller may be a slight knock on Miller’s ability, yet Price is no slouch. Despite his extreme amount of postseason struggles, David Price will look to excel in October. He has now proven that he can enter the game with runner’s on base – a crucial benchmark for successful relievers.
He must show the ability to throw on short rest in order to have a large impact in October, but if he passes that test, teams should be concerned.
If Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, or Doug Fister falter in the playoffs, expect to see Price as a long reliever, as well as at the back end of the bullpen.
Are the Red Sox paying him all of that money to be a bullpen guy for the rest of his career? No, but expect to see a heavy dosage of David Price in October.