Different day, same story. The Red Sox offense fell flat and the starting pitcher struggled resulting in a bad loss. Today, it was $31 million per year “ace” David Price who got knocked around by a lineup he should have at least some success against. Price’s ERA actually dropped to 4.74 after allowing 4 earned runs on Wednesday in just 6.1 innings. He did strike out 10, but allowed 9 hits, including a HR to continue his ominous streak of 9 straight starts allowing a HR.
It’s been my worst year. It’s not acceptable. I’ve got to get better. I will. … I’m so much better than this.
David Price on his terrible outing on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays (from @alexspeier on twitter)
Before Wednesday’s start, among eligible MLB pitchers, Price ranked 70th in ERA, 13th worst in hits allowed and 4 worst in earned runs allowed. As a reminder, he is also the 2nd highest paid player in baseball (annualized) and signed, as far as I can tell, the 8th highest total contract in the history of baseball. The stats and the salary just don’t compute.
I’m reaching a point where it’s nice for Price to acknowledge he has been bad and will get better, but how and when? I was a huge supporter when the Red Sox signed him, but my opinion is shifting dramatically with each terrible outing.