The Lede: Price Back to the DL

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Don’t have time to read through 1,000 words, but need some informed betting tips? Here’s a quick rundown on today’s biggest sports story (as adjudged by me) and how it impacts the way you should bet.

David Price Heads Back to the DL

Thanks to inflammation in his left (pitching) elbow, David Price started the 2017 season on the DL, and was not able to make his first start of the season until May 29th. And now after 11 starts, Price is headed back to the DL with the same elbow issue.

The 31-year-old’s short tenure in Boston has been about as smooth as my attempts at talking to women. Price’s 3.99 ERA in 2016 was the second-highest of his career; he possesses a 3.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP this season; and to top it all off, he verbally attacked Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, who serves as a Red Sox analyst, on a team flight. With Price also eating up an average of $31 million per season, it’s safe to assume he isn’t a fan-favorite in Beantown right now.

It’s currently uncertain how long Price’s stay on the DL will last, but it’s hard to be optimistic. Considering the struggles the Red Sox experienced in trying to fill Price’s spot in the rotation for the first two months, Boston may have just entered the market for a starting pitcher.

Adding another pitcher may not be a terrible idea, even if the Vanderbilt product is healthy. Price’s postseason struggles are well documented, and the entire city remembers his 3.1 inning outing where he allowed five earned runs last year. Of course, the Red Sox are not going to remove Price from the playoff rotation, but not having to rely on him as much would be a sigh of relief.

If Price misses more than just a start or two, I really like the Yankees to take the AL East. The Baby Bombers have shown the rest of the league they aren’t sitting back and enjoying their success this season. The additions of Todd Frazier and David Robertson bolstered their roster, and they are still looking at the premier starting pitchers available, too. The Yankees are going for it, while the Red Sox are struggling on and off the field. Your money should mirror that.