At 17-13, the Red Sox are off to a pretty good start even after their back-to-back losses to the Yankees.
The same can’t be said for $217-million ace David Price — even though his record is 4-1 after Saturday’s 8-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
Price, who allowed six runs in 4 2⁄3 innings, hasn’t seemed right all season. The former Cy Young Award winner’s ERA is 6.75 and his velocity is down to the lowest levels of his big-league career.
“My first seven starts, this [stinks],” Price said. “It’s not fun for me. I don’t enjoy it. I’ve got to get better.”
Price also allowed six runs to the Yankees in his previous start last Sunday at Fenway Park. But Price got the win in that outing because he went seven innings and the Red Sox supported him with enough offense in an 8-7 victory.
“The more velocity you have, the more mistakes you can get away with,” Price said. “Right now I’m not getting away with mistakes. Or good pitches, for that matter.”
Price said the three-run double he allowed to Didi Gregorius with two outs in the fourth inning wasn’t a bad pitch, it was an example of a good pitch gone wrong.
“That pitch to Didi, that’s a good pitch,” Price said. “I don’t care if it’s lefty, righty, don’t care who it is. It’s not a strike. It’s down. It might bounce. He went and got it. You have to tip your hat. It’s a good piece of hitting.”
Price spent a lot of time in the fourth collecting his thoughts behind the mound because of close ball-strike calls that did not go his way. Price calmly discussed the situation with plate umpire Chris Conroy after the inning — quite a difference from Friday night, when Red Sox manager John Farrell and David Ortiz were ejected during and after a ninth-inning strikeout by Andrew Miller.
Price, who is in the first year of a seven-year free-agent contract, said he is 100 percent healthy.
“I feel good,” he said. “My health is not a concern. I feel good out there.”