Boston Red Sox: David Price returns to Cy Young form against Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: David Price
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: David Price /

Boston Red Sox lefty David Price delivered a dominate performance against the Rangers Tuesday night in Texas.

If only David Price can continue to deliver the type of performance he did against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox would be unbeatable.

The left-handed pitcher pitched six-plus scoreless innings in the team’s 11-4 rout of the Rangers.  As a result of the type of command he had, Price struck out nine in his display of dominance.

He also only allowed six hits and two walks through those six-plus innings showcasing an aggressiveness that that he needed against a lineup like the Rangers.

"“They’re a team that’s given me a lot of problems ever since I’ve been in the big leagues, so if I was going to lose this game, I was going to lose it with my pitch,” Price said following the game, via  “[The fastball velocity] was there my first start in Chicago, not so much probably my next two outings. …It’s just getting repetition out there and confidence in my health in there.  I’m still getting ready the same way, still don’t watch video, still don’t look at scouting reports.  I want to go out there and pitch my game.  That’s what I’ve always done.”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"

In all, David Price looked comfortable on the mound despite leaving the game in the seventh with an apparent hand injury.  After the game, however, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Price did not come out due to any kind of injury, but because of a high pitch count.

The performance should give Price some confidence entering the second half of the season.

Confrontation with Dennis Eckersley

David Price’s battle with the Boston media was highlighted last Thursday with a confrontation with Hall of Famer and Red Sox commentator Dennis Eckersley.

The exchange of words were reportedly over comments Eckersley made about one of Price’s teammates.  While neither party has commented on the situation, David Price added to the dismissal by pushing the subject aside when asked by the media Tuesday night.

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"“No.  Standing up for my teammates,” Price said when asked if he wanted to address the altercation.  “Whatever crap I catch for that, I’m fine with it.”"

In many ways, Price’s lack of apology will just add to his ongoing battle with the Boston media.  In other ways, it was good to see Price stand up for a teammate and might symbolize a team that is finally putting it all together.  Like Chris Sale, Price is a player who could and should be a clubhouse leader.

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