After two terrible outings against the New York Yankees, Red Sox Nation had already hit the panic button on newly acquired ace David Price. And to be perfectly honest, it was completely warranted. Heading into Thursday night's matchup, David Price had the highest ERA in the American League among starters who've pitched a minimum of 30 innings at 6.75.
Thankfully, David Price was able to fix some mechanical glitches that were spotted by Dustin Pedroia in a film session, which could explain why the lefty's fastball was averaging two miles per hour less than his career average of 94.1. Check out the side-by-side comparison of Price's windups from his last game against the Yankees to tonight:
As you can see, his leg and glove are higher up, which generates more power and velocity. This windup on the right will give Price more finish on his fastball, which in return will generate more swings-and-misses on his secondary pitches. If you get the chance, listen to former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens talk about Price's struggles and his adjustments in the past couple of games. It was truly incredible and must-watch/listen stuff from last night.
Price finished the day pitching 6.2 innings, while allowing one earned run and striking out 12. While Price has struggled mightily at points this season, it appears as if his strikeout numbers have been there all season. In 48 innings, Price leads the American League with 65 strikeouts. To date, he is on pace for 301 strikeouts this season.
Offensively, the Red Sox were able to make reigning American League Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel look like an amateur. In six innings, Keuchel allowed eight earned runs and ten hits, which has become a common theme for this juggernaut offense, as this is the first time in Fenway Park history the Red Sox have scored 8+ runs and recorded 12+ hits in six consecutive home games. The Red Sox are also the first team to hit the 200-run mark, and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for most runs scored per game, with 5.9. Additionally, Boston's 207 runs scored is 41 more runs than the second-place team in the American League, the Texas Rangers, at 166.
Next up, the Red Sox send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the mound. Check back in here for a full-game preview of tonight's matchup.