Thursday night, David Price probably shut a few people up.
Facing off against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the lefty would 95-pitch complete game to secure a 6-2 win for Boston. In fact, the only blemish would come on a two-out, two-strike two-run home run off the bat of Manny Machado. And while losing the shutout stinks, this couldn’t have come at a better time for Price.
Under constant scrutiny for his recent carpal tunnel issues, Price is delivering again. While he owns just a 4.38 ERA, 4.13 FIP and 5.23 DRA, has last two starts have been solid-to-great. In them, he holds a 2.51 ERA over his last 14.1 innings of work. Plus, opponents are hitting just .196/.241/.353 in those games. And, Price has 14 strikeouts to just three walks over these two starts as well.
If he’s starting to turn a corner, that’s all the Red Sox need right now. At 30-14, they are just behind the New York Yankees for first in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are just 13-30 on the season. But a complete game is still a complete game. And it comes at the perfect time for Price.
That said, he needs to keep it going. Boston needs him to.