Price is in command
David Price does not have a shiny ERA or win-loss record this season (6-7, 3.63), but his command of the strike zone is historic, and the most popular ERA estimators (FIP, xFIP) indicate he is having the best season of his career.
With 144 strikeouts and 14 walks, he is on pace to be the third qualified pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to post a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.0 or better (Bret Saberhagen, 11.0 in 1994; Cliff Lee, 10.3 in 2010).
He has at least 10 strikeouts in each of his last five games, the first pitcher to do that since Johan Santana in 2004. The only pitchers with longer streaks of double-digit strikeouts are Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan.
Against righties, he’ll often pull the string with a cutter, which has accounted for 33 of his 110 strikeouts vs opposite-handed batters, who have a meager .173/.182/.245 line against the pitch this season.…