Red Sox pitcher David Price struggles at Yankee Stadium
David Price struggled on Wednesday night to drop to 0-6 all-time at Yankee Stadium. Hopefully, it turns around in the postseason.
All the Boston Red Sox had to do was win one game to clinch the American League East. However, they were unsuccessful in the first two games of the series against the New York Yankees. David Price, who has been pitching really well lately, struggled at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.
You can say that all three home runs hit by the Yankees went 340, 341, 343 feet, which are fly outs at Fenway Park. Also, Eduardo Nunez let a ball go through his legs at third which scored two runs for the Yankees. It seemed like things were turning around for Price when he was pitching but did Wednesday night’s performance take him a step back?
My answer is not yet. However, this stat from Boston Sports Info on Twitter is pretty staggering. Price is 0-6 at Yankee Stadium. He’s posted a 9.79 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over 30.1 innings in the Bronx. That’s not too promising when the Red Sox could play the Yankees in the division series.
When Price pitched better on Sunday Night Baseball August 2 at Fenway Park to complete the sweep, people were saying he has won over the Yankees. Price pitched six innings, gave up four hits, two runs, and recorded five strikeouts. However, they were without Aaron Judge, who has returned to the Yankee lineup. If the Red Sox do end up playing the Yankees in the division series, Price would likely pitch Game 2 at Fenway Park.
It’s weird how Price can’t seem to get over that hump and pitch well at Yankee Stadium. Price hasn’t been as good under pressure as he was in the postseason last year. This season, with a new manager and vibe surrounding the team, things might be different. Price really needs to pretend he’s pitching at another ballpark when he takes the mound at Yankee Stadium to help with the nerves he faces. Wednesday night could’ve been a perfect spot for him to finally win over some fans. Win the division at Yankee Stadium and he’d pitch lights out but that wasn’t the case.
Price has to win in October to make this a successful season. Price is making $31 million a year if he can’t get over pitching well at Yankee Stadium in the postseason then really he doesn’t belong here. We can make excuses about the home runs from last night were fly outs at Fenway Park but the losing record at Yankee Stadium hopefully turns around when the playoffs start if they face the Yankees.