BOSTON -- David Price made it clear following the Red Sox' 11-9 loss that he wasn’t just upset with his five-run, 11-hit, 5 2/3-inning outing Saturday night, he’s upset with his whole season, calling his performance “terrible” and “just awful.”
Furthermore, when he was asked if his problems were more mental or physical, he tried to explain how it was neither.
“Honestly I don’t think it’s either one of those,” Price said. “It’s me going out there and making pitches.”
That’s a phrase he’s leaning on quite a bit this year -- going out there and making pitches.
And a day after the rough start, he’s still sticking with that story.
“That’s what it is,” Price said. “What does my velocity say up there? Velocity’s just fine, right? Okay. Then that’s just what it is, I gotta go out there and make pitches. I’m not doing that -- that’s the bottom line.”
Price (9-7, 4.51 ERA) addressed that physically he feels good by noting that his velocity is back to normal, topping out at 95 mph Saturday.
So then his mental game comes into question -- but he’s taken steps to block out anything that might inhibit that.
“I don’t even remember the last time I’ve been on Twitter,” Price said.
Well, his last tweet was three days ago, but he hasn’t tweeted about his pitching in nine days.
So, he’s made adjustments to what he does on and off the field.
But in the end, Price said social media doesn’t even cross his mind when he toes up the rubber.
“Yeah, it’s completely different, but I don’t think about that whenever I’m out there,” Price said. “[I’m thinking about] making that next pitch and getting that next out.”
So, there could be a gray area Price is in right now where he can’t find consistent success. It may not boil down to just mental or physical.
Regardless if that’s the case or not, Price still wants Red Sox fans to know this is not what to expect from him.
“What I have been. That’s what they should expect,” he said.