Reports came out Sunday afternoon that Dustin Pedroia might have a fix for David Price. Pedroia was watching film of Price while studying his at-bats against left handed pitchers and noticed that his mechanics are not the same as when he pitched with the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers or Toronto Blue Jays. According to Pedroia, Price has not had as high of a leg kick as years past. This could explain why he is not generating as much power and velocity on his fastball.
In my opinion, this news comes as a major embarrassment. John Farrell, manager of the Red Sox, is supposed to be a pitching guru. The guy is a former major league pitcher and also served on Terry Francona’s coaching staff for a World Series winning team. Furthermore, the Red Sox have pitching coach Carl Willis. How could this hack not identify a mechanical problem like this? This is part of the guy's job!!
On the contrary, I think this is a good look for Pedey. Pedey always has had his teammates backs when they have struggled. For example, Pedey helped Mike Napoli with his swing a few years ago on a return flight from the west coast. Napoli then came out and hit the cover off the ball. If Price can come back in revamped form, Pedroia will look like an absolute genius.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Pedroia coach the Red Sox in some capacity after he retires from playing. In the meantime, Price just needs to play better. Boston is officially worried about it's $217 million arm.