David Price was “disappointing” in his first season with the Boston Red Sox. In reality, his 3.99 earned run average and 228 strikeouts in 230 innings were undoubtedly useful, to say the least. But when you’re David Price, that’s nothing special.

2017 started off even worse, but not because of performance. This time it was injuries that caused the problems.

Price didn’t make his first start of the season until May 29. After a strong showing in his first two starts, the left-hander had a major hiccup. Giving up six runs in five innings ballooned his ERA to 5.29 and caused some fans to get a little weary.

Two decent starts followed, and after five outings, Price had a 2-1 record with a 5.14 ERA.

A lot has happened since then though. Price got into an argument with a reporter, and there have been talks about him opting out of his contract when he gets the opportunity — not to mention his shouting match with Dennis Eckersley.

But most importantly, Price has pitched and the five subsequent starts have been great — two runs in six innings was followed up by three runs in seven innings. Then Price threw six shutout innings, and allowed two runs in another six.

Everything came together on Sunday. In a game the Red Sox needed desperately after dropping two straight to the New York Yankees, Price dominated.

The 31-year-old struck out eight batters over eight scoreless innings. Of course, he got a little help from Jackie Bradley Jr.’s glove.

Price’s vintage start lowered his season ERA to 3.39. He has a 5-2 record and a 1.21 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) on the year as well with 58 strikeouts over 61 innings.

Price was fantastic from July on in 2016. His “mediocre” season was really due to just a few bad starts. Sure, you can’t just negate a bad outing, but you shouldn’t look past his great ones either.

That’s all ancient history anyways. 2017 David Price is the version the Red Sox paid for.

Hunter Noll is a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB. Follow him on Twitter

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