The offense has been amazing. What's funny is that it isn't really different from last year, when they struggled to score runs. But a healthy Pedey, happy HanRam and banished Sandoval/Castillo, and they're the top offense in baseball.JBJ with another big night.
In their 3-game sweep of the A's, the Sox scored 40 runs!
Dustin Pedroia helps David Price pinpoint a flaw in his delivery
05.08.16 at 8:16 pm ET
By John Tomase
David Price had few answers on Saturday against the Yankees. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports)
NEW YORK — David Price spent years battling Dustin Pedroia. Now he’s thankful they’re on the same side.
Pedroia’s video session aimed at examining his own swing instead yielded something unexpected — the possible key to fixing Price.
Manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis were already on the same path, focusing on Price’s reduced leg kick, but Pedroia provided the final piece of the puzzle, noting that Price’s hands and legs were no longer working in unison.
Whether this is the correction that returns Price to his prior form remains to be seen, but all involved sounded excited about where it might lead.
“I want my hands and my right leg or my right knee to be connected by a string,” Price said. “Whenever my knee goes up, I want my hands to go up. Whenever my knee goes back down, I want my hands to go back down.
“My hands have stayed right here. And that’s not allowing me to get my full leg lift. It’s been about a half of a leg lift of what I’m used to and it takes away you know the rhythm of what I do out there on the mound. Whenever my hands stay here, I have to be able to time it up perfect for me to be able to execute that pitch. It gives me no margin of error because I don’t have that rhythm.”
Price believes that syncing up his legs and hands can lead to more drive and an improved fastball.
“I’m not putting myself in my normal power position, absolutely,” he said. “My leg lift, it at least comes up to my belt if not a little bit higher. And for right now, it’s getting about right [thigh high] — it’s almost a slide step out of the windup. And you know I’ll fix that tomorrow and hopefully Thursday I’ll go out there and I’ll be back to my normal self.”
Pedroia described his role as something good teammates do.
“We’re here for each other,” he said. “You want everybody to do good. Trying to win, man.”
Price is 4-1 with a 6.75 ERA and knows he needs to be better. He actually sounded annoyed with himself for not noticing the flaw himself.
“When he said it, so much stuff clicked. It makes so much sense,” Price said. “To me that’s the most frustrating part. Whatever my ERA is, a 7, or whatever it is, that’s frustrating. But, to know that it’s something so small and to not be able to pick up on that … Even before I pitch every game, I’m watching video and I’m into the things that I see, and to not be able to pick up on that, that’s not like me. It stinks.”
Price reiterated that he doesn’t feel pressure to justify his contract or impress his new teammates. But he’s well aware of his current place in the rotation.
“I’ve been the weakest link,” he said. “That’s unacceptable from my end, but the other four guys, they’ve picked it up. They’ve picked up my slack. That’s what good teams do.”
How bad is the Red Sox coaching if the 2nd baseman is the one detecting flaws in Price's mechanics?Hopefully Pedroia's sleuthing does the trick!
Porcello has been pretty great. He really seems to have turned a corner since his DL stint last year. Buchholtz has been OK to good, but you're right, he needs to stay healthy, like we say every year. Wright has been damn near unhittable. I don't expect a sub-2.00 ERA all season, but I think an easy 200 IP with a ERA under 4.00 is certainly reasonable. And E-Rod is one more Pawtucket start away from coming back. I fully expect Price to figure out what's wrong. That seems like a solid (if not spectacular) 1-4 to me. If they can get some innings out of Kelly, or O'Sullivan, or Owens or whoever in the 5th spot, I think the pitching is more than good enough to contend.How bad is the Red Sox coaching if the 2nd baseman is the one detecting flaws in Price's mechanics?
When the Sox bats cool off, I don't see the pitching that keeps them from prolonged losing streaks. You can't score 10 runs every game. This team looks a lot like some recent Yankees teams that feasted on bad pitching but got knocked out early in the playoffs when they were facing teams with a quality pitching staff. Maybe a miracle happens and Price gets back on form, Joe Kelly's shoulder "impingement" clears up, and Buchholz stays off the DL for once and starts giving the team 6 quality innings.
Buchholz banished to the bullpen. The last 4 Price starts have been quality starts. Steve Wright is making us forget about Wakefield. Rodriguez is back and had a quality start last night despite not being commanding. Team ERA is now a more respectable 4.13. It's still tough to picture the team having the pitching to win it all but it's way better than the two years of last place mediocrity we just endured.When the Sox bats cool off, I don't see the pitching that keeps them from prolonged losing streaks. You can't score 10 runs every game. This team looks a lot like some recent Yankees teams that feasted on bad pitching but got knocked out early in the playoffs when they were facing teams with a quality pitching staff. Maybe a miracle happens and Price gets back on form, Joe Kelly's shoulder "impingement" clears up, and Buchholz stays off the DL for once and starts giving the team 6 quality innings.
Seriously, for a 900 page thread it certainly has become dormant. Combination of other social media platforms to discuss sports and the fact that they've won a few titles perhaps?Wow.....had not seen a notification for this thread in ages.......
Now we need a post from G60 to make it official.
GO DODGERS!! :laugh::laugh::laugh: