I’m not a pitcher and I don’t play one on TV, but the numbers are showing that Price might be better off with more fastballs rather than fewer. More fastballs was a key to his success earlier in his career. Of course, that’s much easier said than done. Not only does he have to throw more fastballs, but he has to command them.
Still, considering the increase in velocity and the decrease in his ability to throw his secondary pitches for strikes, perhaps turning into this skid is the right thing to do. He could use the jump in velocity to his advantage while minimizing his weaker secondary offerings.
Price has always been one to reinvent himself season to season. That should give hope to fans who are rooting for his success. If he’s healthy, the smart money is on Price figuring out how to win with his current tools.
Whether that means relying more on his fastball, fixing his cutter and changeup, or learning a split-fork-change (I kid!), there are ways remaining for Price to be an effective pitcher, even if he doesn’t ever live all the way up to Hockey Jerseys Cheap the $217 million contract he signed with Boston two off-seasons ago.
If Price is indeed healthy, and his velocity and stamina Jerseys For Cheap seem to say he is, perhaps a recommitment to his fastball could help set him back on course.
So when a bullpen goes through a collective down period, it’s important to not dwell on recent failures.
“I think we all know it” when the bullpen struggles to close out game, Shreve said. “(But) I don’t think we’re thinking about it. I think we have to prepare the way we always do.”
Still, baseball often requires a certain amount of self-reflection.