David Price SP BOS 5 days ago

Price (7-1) pitched seven strong innings against the Rockies Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk but striking out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Boston's ace didn't have to do much to get the win considering the support he received from the offense. Still, it's nice to see Price getting back on track as he posted his third consecutive quality start. He's recorded 23 strikeouts in 21 innings over that span.

David Price SP BOS 1 week ago

Price (5-1) notched the victory in the night half of Wednesday's doubleheader against Kansas City behind 7.1 strong innings. He allowed just five hits and two runs while striking out five with one walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was a sharp outing, but almost a letdown after Price's 12-strikeout gem against Houston his last time out. To be fair, the Royals are much more of a contact-hitting team, but Price was able to work with that. Sure, it's still been an inconsistent first month and a half for the star lefty, but his track record makes this two-start resurgence seem real. He may, however, have a tough time keeping it going with the Rockies on tap for his next outing.

David Price SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Price will start the second game of Boston's day-night doubleheader Wednesday against Kansas City, Mass Live reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Price had been scheduled to start Tuesday, but Monday's rainout pushes that day's scheduled starter Rick Porcello to Tuesday.

David Price SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Price's fastball averaged 94 mph and touched 96 mph during Thursday night's win over the Astros, the Providence Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As frightful as Price's 6.75 ERA was entering Thursday's game, the real concern has been the diminished fastball velocity, which had been sitting in the 92-93 mph range. Utilizing a higher leg lift to get in what he calls his "power position," the left-handed Price was able to dial up the fastball, the pitch that finished of six of his 12 strikeouts. "I definitely executed a lot more pitches [Thursday night] than I have in my first seven starts," the veteran lefty said. "The velocity will get there. It's the same thing every year."

David Price SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Price (5-1) dominated the Astros over 6.2 innings in Thursday's 11-1 rout, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 12.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's been a highly inconsistent season for Price -in eight starts, he's had four dominant efforts (two or fewer runs, nine or more strikeouts) and four atrocious ones of five-plus runs. He'd given up six in the two starts preceding Thursday's, so this was a big bounce-back effort for the veteran lefty. Price is certainly a long way from living up to that massive contract he signed this offseason, but every statistical indicator says his ratios should balance out soon enough. He's striking out hitters at a career-high rate, and that 65:13 K:BB certainly isn't the mark of a pitcher with a 6.00 ERA. That .379 BABIP and 57.7 percent strand rate will surely normalize, bringing his stats back to their usual levels in the process.

David Price SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Price tried out a mechanical adjustment during his bullpen session Monday, Mass Live reports. The left-hander, who has a 6.75 ERA after seven starts with a noticeable dip in fastball velocity, is working on bringing his arms up higher, along with a higher leg lift, in the delivery.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Over the weekend, Price's teammate Dustin Pedroia noticed while watching older video of the pitcher that he had a higher leg kick than seen this season. At the very least, it's a working theory as to why Price has struggled at the outset of 2016. Prior to Pedroia's discovery, neither the pitcher nor the coaches had an explanation. Price said the new leg kick felt more natural to him, noting a better rhythm. We'll have to see how it plays out during his next start Thursday against Houston.

David Price SP BOS 3 weeks ago1 Comment

Price, through the assistance of teammate Dustin Pedroia, is working on a fix to his mechanics that could be part of the reason the left-hander is off to such a poor start this season, the Providence Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pedroia noticed Price's hands weren't in sync with his front leg, something that was part of the left-hander's delivery in the past. "I want my hands and my right knee to be connected by a string," Price said Sunday. "My hands have stayed right here, and that's not allowing me to get my full leg lift. It's been about a half of what I'm used to. It gives me no margin of error because I don't have that rhythm." The hope is that this mechanical flaw can also help uncover Price's missing velocity. He's been sitting at 92 mph with his fastball this season, about three miles per hour less than normal. Price will continue to tweak the delivery leading up to his next start Thursday against the Astros.

David Price SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Price (4-1) surrendered seven hits, six earned runs and three walks over 4.2 innings in Saturday's 8-2 victory over the Yankees. He struck out four.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran's track record against the Yankees has been a mixed bag over the prior three seasons, but had excelled in Yankee Stadium. Price had amassed a 6-0 record and 2.01 ERA in his last eight starts at at the park, and had won a career-best nine consecutive decisions dating back to last September with the Blue Jays. All of that changed early against a resurgent New York squad that touched him up for six earned runs for the second time in less than a week. The defeat was Price's first in a Red Sox uniform, and ballooned his ERA up to 6.75. He'll try to rebound next Thursday, when he takes the hill against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros.

David Price SP BOS 4 weeks ago

Price allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Yankees. He struck out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty threw 71 percent of his pitches for strikes, but he was hit hard on several occasions, including three extra-base hits that accounted for five runs against. Despite his unsightly 6.12 ERA, Price is now 4-0 through six starts and will look to improve upon Sunday's performance in his next outing, Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

David Price SP BOS 1 month ago

Price allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 14 over eight innings in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty took full advantage of the matchup against a hapless Braves team, matching a career high with 14 strikeouts. Eight of his final nine outs were recorded via the strikeout. It was an outstanding bounce-back performance after Price was clobbered for eight runs over 3.2 innings against the Rays his last time out. That outing should feel like a distant memory soon, if it doesn't already. Price now has a 46:8 K:BB in 29.2 innings this season.