David Price is ready for Red Sox if he sees them in playoffs

Mike Petraglia
July 25, 2013 - 6:26 am
David Price knows the reputation of the Red Sox. The reigning 2012 American League Cy Young winner needed just 97 pitches to dispatch of the Red Sox, 5-1, at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. "Our plate approach is going to go in with a specific game plan, and that's to try to grind out at-bats," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But we've got to adjust to the pitcher on the mound, and he forced us to swing the bat earlier in the count. A lot of ground balls. A lot of balls at people. That's what can happen." "If they want to keep taking, that's fine. They'll be 0-2 pretty quick," Price said, talking like a pitcher who was very confident with his command. "They're a tough team. They are. One through nine is extremely good. They have a guy [Jose Iglesias] hitting in the nine hole who's hitting .350, so that's pretty good." While Iglesias has slipped to .343, Price's point is still well taken. "He threw some pitches we could've hit, but we just didn't do it," Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Price's control in the strike zone. Coming back from a triceps injury, Price has looked like the anchor of the staff that Tampa Bay needs him to be.