The Red Sox have the opportunity to pick up a massive 4 game sweep against the rival Yankees.
There are few things that can boost your reputation in Boston like beating the rival Yankees. It’s been mentioned how Steve Pearce became a Yankee killer overnight, while Nathan Eovaldi has been masterful in a Red Sox uniform.
Now, with very little pressure, David Price has the opportunity to erase the ghosts that haunted him in a disastrous start against the Yankees in the Bronx. In storybook fashion, the lefty will get to face the rival Bombers on Sunday Night Baseball in front of a packed house and national audience. Throughout his tenure in Boston, there’s been the carpal tunnel incident, among others, that have placed a shadow over his reputation. However, Price has the opportunity to silence any haters in a huge matchup against Masahiro Tanaka.
To this point, the Red Sox have dominated the Bombers in nearly every facet of the current four game set, en route to outscoring the opposition by a score of 23-9. They’ve won the first three games in convincing fashion, they’ve launched countless homeruns, and now Price has the opportunity to cap a perfect series by getting a monkey off his back. The $217 million man has a career 4.90 ERA against the New York Yankees, yet has a prime opportunity to put the Red Sox in better position to win an AL East divisional title, for a record third straight season.
Pitching coach, Dave Levangie, spoke about changes that Price has made in order to become more effective:
“He came out and made the big adjustment himself,” said LeVangie. “He said, ‘I’m done throwing over the top. It’s more taxing when I have to do that.’ So he went out and made a commitment to change and helped himself along the way . . . [It] has allowed him to throw his off-speed pitches a little more consistently, effectively, with the hand out front, which has allowed him to show more of an off-speed mix.” – Boston Globe / Alex Speier
The mechanical adjustment will be on full display at Fenway tonight. For the most part, there’s little pressure in the sense that the Red Sox have already won the series in a pivotal four game set against the Yankees; however a sweep would render the rivals 9.5 games back of first place.
Yes, David Price has a huge opportunity. Let’s see if he can take advantage of it tonight.