Ok, maybe I will go start-by-start through the season with these two.
After three starts, both pitchers are looking good, but Lester has been the more dominant.
Price has pitched a total of 18 innings, for an average of six innings per start.
Lester has pitched a total of 30.1 innings, for an average of 6.7 per start.
Price has given up nine earned runs for an ERA of 4.50. Lester has given up only 5 earned runs for an ERA of 2.21. Lester’s ERA+ for the season (after two starts) was a great 157. It should improve after this latest, solid start. Price’s ERA+ after three starts is a lowly 85.
Price does have the edge with strikeouts. He has 27 where Lester has 19.
Price’s record is 2-0. Lester is 1-1. As often is the case, the win-loss record is deceptive. Price avoided getting the loss on a bad outing (Kimbrel got it) and Lester just got the loss in a beautiful outing where he got no run support. (Remember this when the writers ridiculously cite Schilling’s wins total as reason for keeping him out of the hall.)
So, after three starts, Sox fans should be relatively to very happy with Price. But Lester has been the more dominant of the two pitchers so far. The Cubs should be thrilled.