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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Red Sox, Price don’t know cause of left-hander’s struggles - providencejournal.com

Remember when the Red Sox didn’t believe in huge contracts for 30+ starting pitchers?

The main reason to be concerned, though, and what manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis kept coming back to on Saturday, was Price’s diminished velocity. He sat 92 with his fastball on Saturday — his lowest mark of what’s already been his lowest season on the radar gun.

“We just haven’t seen the velocity that he’s had before,” said Willis of a pitcher used to pitching 94 or 95 mph.

While Price’s velocity has been down in previous Aprils, it is down more this season than in any other, and it’s taking longer to rebound. Price, 30, is at a point in his career where velocity starts to dip more rapidly. He should recover some of his prior velocity as the weather gets warmer, but it’s possible, if not likely, that he won’t get all the way back to 95.

And at that reduced velocity, the margin for error for every pitch slims.

“He’s having to mix and change speeds,” Farrell said. “When you’ve got velocities in the mid- to upper-90s, you have a little more margin for error. That wasn’t the case [Saturday].”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Full Count » Takeaways from Red Sox Grapefruit League game No. 14: David Price finding his groove, Hanley Ramirez passes another test

Hanley will be OK at first base.

Hanley Ramirez can cross another challenge off his list.

Heading into spring training, Ramirez expressed trepidation at needing to reach across first base to tag a runner on an errant throw. He got that opportunity on Tuesday and made the play, snaring a high throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval and slapping a tag on Rob Refsnyder in the fourth.

“Just let it happen,” Ramirez said after the game. “Just react. Let your instincts take over.”

Manager John Farrell credited Ramirez with making another play on a grounder down the line where he took a drop step, rather than getting caught in between.

“He’s doing the small things around the bag that are very encouraging,” Farrell said. “We talked about it before the game, the progress he’s making, the comfortable feeling he gives you playing the position. He’s in good shape right now. He likes playing there, he’s having fun and he’s doing well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
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