BOSTON - With the Red Sox reeling coming off a month in which they went 10-16 and dropped a handful of games in the standings, speculation has recently focused on John Farrell's job security.
Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox' president of baseball operations, told reporters Thursday that Farrell's job status was not a focus and that the entire organization had to perform better. Dombrowski added that it's seldom that one person is responsible for a downturn in play.
"We've come off a tough month and finished a disappointing trip through Texas and Tampa,'' acknowledged Farrell when asked about the chatter regarding his job status. "I can understand the question and the potential speculation that's out there. But our expectation is to win and that doesn't change. The focus daily is that, is to go out and put together an effort to win.
"My communication with Dave is very consistent. I think he's confident in my focus and that's to win each and every day. That's where we stand. We're looking forward to the opportunity to start this final homestand before the [All Star] break, so that gets underway tonight.''
Farrell was also asked about the dichotmy that existed between his own evaluation of David Price's outing Wednesday and Price's own estimation.
Farrell said post-game that he believed Price "probably had his best stuff of the season, in terms of velocity and in terms of the shape of his secondary pitches.''
Price, who was in full self-flagellation mode, offered a slightly contradictory assessment.
"Changeup, that's probably the worst changeup I've had in a month,'' he said. "Curveball was awful. Can't get my cutter or my slider where I want to. I'm just bad right now.''
Farrell was questioned Friday about the seemingly contradictory analysis.
"The commentary was, here was a guy coming off an outing where he had best velocity he's shown all year -- up to 97 mph,'' said Farrell, "strikes out 10 over six-plus innings. He made some mistakes in the middle of the middle of the plate. But in terms of just raw stuff, I thought he showed a curveball that had much more consistent depth to it than in more recent starts.
So in terms of raw stuff, I thought it was one of his better outings of the year. The execution?
No, that wasn't as good as the game against San Francisco or the game against Seattle.
"Whether that's a differing opinion from someone else? That was just my view of the raw stuff.''
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