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Jim Monaghan
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Over the past week, David Price has been exactly what the Red Sox needed.

Last Sunday night in the Bronx, he held the Yankees to just two runs over 6.1 innings in a game Boston absolutely HAD to win.

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Saturday afternoon at Fenway, Price limited the Tampa Bay Rays to just one run over six innings in yet another game the Red Sox HAD to win, especially coming off their lackluster 9-2 loss to the Rays just a few hours earlier.

I admit it - I wanted no part of David Price when the Red Sox acquired him. And I was praying to the high heavens that he would opt out after the 2018 season.

That was before his performance in the postseason last year...and certainly before these last two outings in which he has basically put the team on his back and given the Red Sox two wins they desperately needed.

Simply put, there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency with the 2019 Boston Red Sox.

Oh sure, they handled the Kansas City Royals nicely, but in came the Rays and the first two games of this series were instantly forgettable.

Something isn't right with Mookie Betts. Michael Chavis is a nice story but he can't hit a fastball above the belt (and if that's the case, how did he ever get this far?). Rafael Devers appears to have figured things out in the field but he's still prone to the mistakes that come with being 22. Guys like J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland are having trouble staying in the lineup.

And when did Sandy Leon turn into Gary Sanchez? His inability to block a ball in the dirt was on full display in the first game of Saturday's day/night doubleheader and was emblematic of a team that just can't seem to get it right.

And we probably don't want to talk about the bullpen.

Here is the reality of the 2019 season, with the understanding that the Red Sox do still have 97 games remaining - the Yankees appear to have finally hit a speed bump, but they're starting to get their A-Team back from the injured list and the Rays - currently tied for first place with New York in the American League East - don't seem to be going away.

Someone other than David Price needs to step up if the Red Sox are going to be a serious October contender.

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Jim Monaghan 6/09/2019 08:56:00 AM Edit
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