David Price really likes pitching at Fenway Park

Ryan Hannable
April 14, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Maybe all David Price needed was to return to Fenway Park.

Going into Sunday, Price had two average starts on the West Coast to open then season, but Sunday was by far his best as he helped lead the Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Orioles.

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Price threw seven shutout innings, while allowing only three hits and striking out seven. The left-hander had his best stuff of the season as he recorded 18 swing-and-misses.

The strong performance is nothing new for him at Fenway. The Red Sox have won 13 of his last 14 starts at Fenway and since joining the team he's 21-6. For his career he is 26-7, which is good for the second-highest winning percentage with a minimum of 20 starts. Smoky Joe Wood is first at 39-6.

"It's a tough place to pitch. You've got the Monster right over your shoulder, Pesky Pole, I don't know," Price said to reporters afterwards of his success at home. "I like pitching here. I wouldn't have signed here if I didn't like pitching in this park, that's for sure. It might just make you lock in a little bit more, knowing that a fly ball to left can be a double or a home run, a ball down the right field line can be a home run. I don't know. I've been on really good teams since I've been here. I think that makes it a little bit easier. I don't have any answers for you for that."

He added: “I felt OK, just going out there making pitches, had good things happen with two outs there in the fourth, whatever inning it was, whenever they had the runner on second base, with two outs and Rickard hit the line drive to Devers. You’ve got to have that type of stuff. Good things happened. Made a lot of good pitches and some timely hitting.”

The Red Sox have now one four out of their last six games after a 2-8 start to the year.

"Winning makes everybody feel better, whether you get zero hits or don't have a very good outing," Price said. "Whenever you win, that feels good in the clubhouse. Today it's going to feel good in the clubhouse tomorrow morning, so that's big."

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