By: Jake Perda
Coming into this series, I said that everyone should mark this game on the calendar as a must-watch. This statement, of course, came before Price blew up on multiple beat writers and announced that he would only be speaking to the media on days that he was pitching. Following one good start and one dominant start since returning from an elbow injury, I wanted to see how David would perform when matched up against the Yankees, who have had his number since he came to Boston. Let’s just say, this start did not go well for Mr. Price.
For the 5th time in 6 starts since becoming a part of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, David Price allowed at least 5 earned runs. More specifically, Price allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings of work, while walking 4 and striking out 4. He looked as though he had little to no control over most of his pitches, and he wound up throwing a Drew Pomeranz-esque 107 pitches to make it through 5 innings. Regardless of whether or not he was affected by a blister, which he and John Farrell said was not the case, the timing of this stinker could not be worse. If Price wants the media to let him be, then he’s going to need to throw the ball well. For example, Chris Sale gives the Red Sox a great chance to win every time he takes the mound, so nobody questions the fact that he rarely talks to the media on days that he isn’t the starting pitcher.
As for the offense, there has been absolutely nothing to talk about over the last 2 nights. They have not been able to hit for average, they have not been able to hit for power, and they have not been able to put runs on the board. It doesn’t matter that the Yankees combined to score 17 runs over the course of these 2 games because the Red Sox were only able to muster up 1 run that scored on a passed ball. In an ideal world, heading back home to Fenway will allow the Red Sox to get back into a rhythm with the bats. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, so the Red Sox are going to have to fight through these struggles until they can make the necessary adjustments.
After suffering through Wednesday nights 8-0 loss and Thursday nights 9-1 defeat, the Red Sox will look to reverse their misfortunes as Detroit comes to Boston for a 3-game series. On Friday night, we’ll get to see Brian Johnson on the mound for the first time since his complete game shutout against Seattle. Although it’s unfair to expect him to duplicate those results, a strong start from Johnson would be huge for the Sox.
Side note: If this tweet doesn’t piss you off, you’re not a Red Sox fan. I will NOT go back to the days of being the Yankees little brother. The Sox need to turn things around, and they need to do it now.
Photo: (NY Daily News)