Lastly, we come to David Price. The most polarizing figure currently to dawn a Red Sox uniform, Price will be a huge piece of the puzzle in the Red Sox hunt for the World Series trophy. Although he’s battled elbow trouble all season, Price has provided the Red Sox with valuable innings, posting a 3.38 ERA and 76 Ks in 74.2 innings of work.
Now in the role of extended relief, Price will be needed to bridge the gap between Sale and Pomeranz to Reed and Kimbrel. Thus far, he’s been far better than expected. In 8.2 relief innings since coming off the DL, Price has posted an ERA of 0.00, given up just 3 hits, and struck out 13 of the 32 batters he’s faced.
If Price can continue this form into the postseason, he’ll be one of the most valuable pieces Farrell will have at his disposal. Already being likened to the Andrew Miller of this year’s postseason, Price will be relied on to come in at a moments notice. Whether it be the 3rd, 4th, or 5th innings, if a starter falters, expect Price to come in and throw multiple innings.
Price is no stranger to the postseason, as the national pundits will always remind you of. Still seeking his first postseason win as a starter, don’t expect it to come this October in his new role of bullpen ace. A strong postseason for Price will go a long way for both the Red Sox and his relationship with the media and fans. Well known for being a tremendous teammate, it’s about time the media and fans saw the right side of David Price. We should be excited to embrace him and watch him thrive this fall.