After an exciting offseason for the Red Sox, fans were finally able to see newly acquired pitcher David Price pitch. The 30-year-old made his spring debut on Thursday agains the Minnesota Twins.
Price's performance wasn't as spectacular as people might have hoped, but that is to be expected this early in the season. Price threw 51 pitches in 3 innings of work with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, 4 hits and 2 runs. He also gave up 2 solo homeruns to Eduardo Escobar and Kurt Suzuki.
As I said before, these numbers might worry some people if it were the regular season, especially after giving Price $217 million. However, this is the time of year where you just get out there and throw. There's no pressure to win or to live up to a big contract, you just go out and get used to playing baseball again.
In an interview with Michael Silverman, Price said "I'm process oriented, I'm not results oriented at all". At a certain point of the season you need to start worrying about the results, but Price is correct right now. It's all about working out the kinks and getting back to that top performance level.
If you were curious about the pitch choice, Price told Silverman "I threw fastballs, two seam and four seam. Changeups, cutters in to righties and couple backdoors. Threw one curveball today and it felt really good". It's always good to hear a player say that it feels good early on.
Price's next start will be Tuesday against the Orioles in Sarasota.
By Matt Watts