We need David Price. There, I said it.
The Red Sox are not going to trade Price. They’re not going to find any avenue possible to move him. For better or worse David Price is a member of the Boston Red Sox. For this team to take off to the next level, Price must do his part.
An object with a $217 million price tag is not an easily moved object. In fact, in this case, no team in their right mind wishes to take on David Price.
Is David Price beyond redemption?
No. Not by a long shot.
Two demons are standing on David Price’s chest. One is the current New York Yankees club. The other is Price’s atrocious career postseason performances in which he is winless.
What needs to happen to turn things around?
Following last Sunday’s drubbing by the Yankees in New York, Price was quite candid stating, “It’s time for me to go back to the drawing board and kind of reinvent myself against these guys”.
The first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem and Price made mention that a problem is present.
Last Sunday when David Price faced a potent, powerful Yankees lineup, it was clear from the start what the game plan was. Jam the right-handed hitters and follow it up by making them chase something off the outer edge of the plate. In response, Yankees’ hitters were soundly prepared. They invited Price to throw the ball inside on them. Aaron Judge’s home run to center field kickstarted the onslaught. Three batters later, Gleyber Torres too Price deep over the right-center field wall extending New York’s lead to 4-0.
For the Yankees, the approach toward Price was simple. Keep the hands back and drive the ball to right field. Take what the pitcher gives you and drive it. The Yankees launched 5 total home runs off Price last Sunday. Even while he was getting his face kicked in, he continued to force the ball to the inner half of the plate. The result was bad.
Pitches who extend their careers beyond 10 years at some point find themselves at a crossroads. Either accept father time catching up or pretend you are still the rookie who could throw smoke by any hitter on command. Choosing the second option means your career is done. David Price is now 32 years old. He’s not washed up by any means. Price is stubborn to the point where he beats himself against top tier competition because by god, his game plan is better and he’s going to shove it down the opponent’s throat.
Price loves to expand the strike zone horizontally. Not a bad plan. Not bad until expanding the strike zone length-wise is the lone weapon in the game plan. Rick Porcello’s velocity is identical to David Price’s. Both work the entire width of the plate. Both change speeds when need be. What sets Porcello apart from Price is Porcello will change the hitter’s eye level. He expands the zone vertically…an entirely new dimension. It’s simple. It’s subtle. It works!
Change speeds. Work the plate inside/outside or vis versa. Change the hitter’s eye level. Lastly, for the love of everything holy, have some freaking confidence and throw each pitch with conviction. You never know. Good things might actually happen.
In the case of Red Sox starter David Price, a partial reinvention isn’t an option. It is essential and there’s no way around it.
Masses of Red Sox fans from all over have had it with Price. Some are still on the fence. Few still want to see if David Price can suck it up and adjust. As for myself, I’m on the fence and I’ll also except those who call me an idiot for wanting to see if Price is capable of change.
It’s time for David Price to put up or shut up. Make adjustments and reinvent a different approach of pitching against the Yankees. If Price make a stand and flourishes in adjustments versus the Yankees, who knows, maybe he can conquer the other demon which is postseason disappointment.
The opportunity for Price to adjust is there. It’s squarely on David Price’s shoulders to make the needed changes.
Are going to see a David Price adjustment? Let’s hope so.