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Things aren’t working out so well for David Price at Fenway Park

I wonder if the brutal time ace hurler David Price has had this season at Fenway Park makes him regret his last-second decision to spurn the St. Louis Cardinals for a little more cash, relatively speaking, from Boston.

Price, the top free agent hurler last off-season, has a 4-1 record so far this season. But his ERA is an unsightly 6.75. On the surface, it may seem like he’s had an overall fall off in performance.

But the slightest glimpse inside the numbers shows he’s a simple case of another lefty who is thrown off his game by having the short porch that is the Green Monster looming over his right shoulder.

Price has an 8.34 ERA in his new home park and opponents are hitting .297 off him there. He’s allowed a .538 slugging percentage at Fenway Park thanks to the fact that all four of the home runs he has allowed have come there.

On the road, Price has a 4.82 ERA, certainly more than he’d like. But a little more than half of what he’s doing at home. Opponents are batting .254 against him away from Boston and he’s allowing a .296 slugging percentage on the road.

Price is still extremely effective by other measures. He’s striking out 4.5 batters for every one he walks. The bottom line is that his team has won 80 percent of his decisions. Maybe some disregard wins as a stat. But he ought to get some credit for giving his team a chance to gain a victory every time he takes the hill.

I can’t help but think his numbers would be a lot better in a park like Busch Stadium that plays more favorably for pitchers.

It’s a shame, with a reported $190 million offer on the table that Price decided to take a relatively small percentage more money from the Red Sox. He was supposedly interested for years in pitching for the Cardinals and St. Louis reportedly tried to trade for him at least twice before trying to sign him as a free agent.

It’s no secret that Fenway Park is poison for a lot of lefty hurlers. But I guess money was the most important thing for the imposing pitcher.

Even if he regrets his decision, you can dry a lot of tears with 25 million dollar bills.