BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox limp back from their 5-6 road trip on the outside looking in at the MLB playoff picture.
The trip was especially frustrating when you see the team went 0-3 with David Price on the mound, dropping them to 11-13 in his 24 starts this season. That’s not exactly the outcome you want when your new $31 million ace is on the mound, and Sunday night’s 8-5 loss to the Dodgers has Tony Massarotti fuming.
“David Price is killing the Red Sox, almost single handedly,” Mazz shouted to start Monday’s Felger & Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “If David Price was half decent, they’d be in first place. He’s killing them. David Price is killing the season.”
With Sunday’s loss, Price is now 9-8 on the season. He’s won just one game since the All-Star break. Price was hitting 95-96 miles per hour on the radar gun on Sunday, and cruised through the first three innings before the Dodgers put six runs across the plate, knocking Price out after five innings.
“It’s not a velocity issue. There’s another thing going on with him that’s either mental toughness, balls, whatever you want to call it. But I’ve come to the conclusion, it’s him,” said Mazz. “When we keep saying, ‘Why aren’t the Red Sox better than they are,’ there are a lot of little reasons, but the big one is him. It’s his fault he’s not pulling his weight. They’re paying him $31 million to be at the front of the rotation and lead them at critical times.”
Mazz then noted that Price is just 1-5 following a Boston loss this season.
“Every critical time that comes up, the guy just implodes,” said Mazz. “He can’t get out of his own way. David Price is killing them.”
Check out the full discussion in the video above, as Jim Murray fears that Price is in the same boat as players like Edgar Renteria, Eric Gagne and Carl Crawford — talented players who could not handle the spotlight that comes with Boston baseball. Mazz doesn’t think it’s that severe with Price, but he’s losing his patience.