Let’s talk about narratives.
“David Price can’t pitch in the playoffs.” “Buckles under the pressure.”
This idea came mostly from the fact that he had never recorded a win as a starter in the playoffs.
Never mind that he once pitched the Rays into the playoffs with a complete game 163. That’s different. Somehow.
Never mind that, with Toronto, he pitched well enough to “deserve” a win, but never got it. A true ace would have done better.
Yes his overall playoff performance was worse than his overall regular season performance, wins aside. Yes, we generally know better than to evaluate players on just a handful of games.
So what do you do now that, on short rest, after warming up in the bullpen the game previous, David Price shut down a great lineup stacked with righties to send his team to the World Series? How do you process the new information?
- Do you tell a complex-but-heartwarming psychological story about how Price conquered his demons, and why this time was better? Do you believe that Price is now “fixed?” Do you want to have your narrative and eat it too?
- Do you maintain that the narrative was dumb and unsupported all along? Did this performance make you feel “right?” Are you frustrated at how difficult it is to get people to now say that you were “right?”
- Do you just ignore it, because narratives of failure are more fun, and no one will hold you responsible for your previous takes?
Chad Jennings told the story of Price’s playoff success through a series of quotes from all parties involved. Very well put together.
Jarrett Seidler wrote about the Price game, and about how narratives can be a funny, ever-changing thing.
Zach Kram noted that this was the most changeup-heavy game of Price’s career.
Yesterday was Spirit Day, and the Rays Front Office wants you to know about it.
- From the AFL.
Lucius Fox was the one #Rays prospect to see action today in the Arizona Fall League, went 2-for-5, now hitting .407 with a 1.019 OPS.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) October 18, 2018
- Rob Mains used the Gini Coefficient to analyze wins inequality in baseball. And this year, in the American League was, as you might expect, the least equitable.
- Matthew Trueblood wrote about Alex Cora and the place of Puerto Rico in the baseball world.
- The Brewers thing the Dodgers are stealing their signs.