Throughout his short career, David Price has always lived up to high expectations. Once he closed out that last magical out in game 7 of the ALCS in ’08, everyone knew that he was something special. Last year Price put up ridiculous numbers, with a 19-6 record and a stunning 2.72 ERA in just his second full MLB season. He came second in the Cy Young voting ahead of Sabathia, Verlander, and Weaver.
Since that phenomenal season, the height of the expectations had reached their peak. It seemed like only an injury would get in the way of Price being one of the top pitchers in baseball for many years to come. 2011 has not been what most baseball fans expected out of Price. He is 11-10 with a 3.59 ERA so far, not nearly as good as last year. So what has been the difference; why is David Price not having as good a season as 2010? My best explanation for this is that Price is experimenting with new pitches too much instead of just sticking to what he does best; pitching the fastball. A young pitcher shouldn’t be trying to perfect so many pitches to add to his arsenal when he did fine with just 3 pitches the previous year. I believe that the fastball, slider, and curveball is the only pitches he needs in his arsenal. When most of his pitches are fastballs, he usually has a quality start. Price is just confusing him self and getting farther away from his style of pitching. I’m not worried at all that Price won’t find how he is comfortable pitching. What he needs is just a little bit of time to realize how he is best and what pitches he needs and doesn’t need. Fortunately for the Rays, it seems like Price may be starting to find his stride. He went 8 scoreless innings against the big bats in Fenway and gave the Rays a important series victory. When i watched the game, I noticed there wasn’t a surplus of off-speed pitches thrown. At the end of the day, David Price is just a work in progress. A work of a masterpiece that will be a rock in the Rays rotation for many years to come.
For a recap of yesterday’s Rays victory: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18118751&query=%26game_pk%3D288750