After the Red Sox hot start, it seemed like they were the obvious candidates to take the American League East Division and book a place to the playoffs with no resistance from the other teams, especially the Yankees.
But now, with New York on a hot streak and with the Red Sox just one game ahead of the Yankees in the Division, Boston have to figure it out how to maintain the distance from their rivals, and David Price is a key part of that.
The left-handed pitcher had a good start of the season but in his recent openings, Price has struggled massively, especially in his last one against the Texas Rangers: He allowed 9 runs, 7 of them earned, 6 hits and two walks over just 3.2 innings pitched, and eventually Boston came up with the L from Texas, losing 11-5.
Manager Alex Cora spoke with the media after the match about Price's struggles, and he didn't look so pleased with his performance:
It seems like there's no separation in his pitches right now. If you're a hitter, you look for something in the range of 90-91 (mph) and pick a side of the plate and go from there. He has to make adjustments obviously.
Also, Price was reflective about this last performance and knows that he has to really improve his game if he wants to help the Red Sox against the Yankees and their battle for the divisional Title:
I felt four out of my first five with the exception of the Yankee game, I felt like I commanded the baseball really well: fastball, cutter, changeup. That is what I did really well. And the last two starts I haven't commanded the baseball the way I did in four out of those first five