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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Concerned about David Price? Look to Rick Porcello for reassurance

Huh, you can’t completely evaluate a player in a single season. I wish my fellow Red Sox fans would understand this.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Red Sox, Price don’t know cause of left-hander’s struggles -

Remember when the Red Sox didn’t believe in huge contracts for 30+ starting pitchers?

The main reason to be concerned, though, and what manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis kept coming back to on Saturday, was Price’s diminished velocity. He sat 92 with his fastball on Saturday — his lowest mark of what’s already been his lowest season on the radar gun.

“We just haven’t seen the velocity that he’s had before,” said Willis of a pitcher used to pitching 94 or 95 mph.

While Price’s velocity has been down in previous Aprils, it is down more this season than in any other, and it’s taking longer to rebound. Price, 30, is at a point in his career where velocity starts to dip more rapidly. He should recover some of his prior velocity as the weather gets warmer, but it’s possible, if not likely, that he won’t get all the way back to 95.

And at that reduced velocity, the margin for error for every pitch slims.

“He’s having to mix and change speeds,” Farrell said. “When you’ve got velocities in the mid- to upper-90s, you have a little more margin for error. That wasn’t the case [Saturday].”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 32 comment(s)
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