Saturday night was yet another big start for David Price. The Sox came into Saturday the losers of 3 straight games with their supposed ace taking the mound. I say “supposed ace” because Rick Porcello is still the ace of this staff, not Price. Nonetheless, Price did exactly what he’s paid to do and put an end to the Sox recent skid. The Price haters were out in full force after the offense put two quick runs on the board that David proceeded to give right back. Fortunately, after a rough second inning he was able to settle in and keep the Royals’ hitters off balance for the remainder of his outing. Price made it through 6 innings with just the 2 runs allowed and got the win that he needed. Boston’s bats were able to come out and take over from here.
Kansas City’s starter Danny Duffy came into the game leading the American League in ERA with a 2.66. By the time Duffy exited after 5 innings, his ERA had climbed to 3.01 after allowing 7 earned runs to the MLB’s top offense. My criticism of the Red Sox after last night’s loss was that they weren’t able to hit for power or with runners in scoring position. They managed only 3 runs despite collecting 15 hits simply because they were not driving the ball nor were they driving in runs. Out of their 15 hits, 13 were singles, and just 4 came with runners in scoring positions. The offense was able to redeem themselves on Saturday by collecting 6 extra base hits (3 of which were home runs), and going 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position. It is getting to the point where it just doesn’t make sense how they can be so good on a night like this, but struggle so mightily as they did in their last 3 games prior to Saturday. Hopefully downing the AL ERA leader can give this offense the boost that it needs to continue to score runs. If they can hit the ball the way they’re capable of, no opposing pitcher is safe. Unless the bases are loaded of course.
Dustin Pedroia came 1 hit shy of tying an MLB record after going 11 for his last 11 before grounding into a double play in the bottom of the 8th. Pedey has been absolutely phenomenal out of the leadoff spot since being shifted in the lineup and should be left there for the remainder of the season. Pedroia went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI’s while raising his average on the season to .320. Pedroia hitting for such a high average kind of makes up for Bogaerts recent struggles. I almost feel bad for Xander solely due to the fact that he’s hitting .310 and is still being as harshly criticized as any hitter in this lineup. Regardless, Dustin has been picking up the slack at the top of the order and setting the table for the big bats of Ortiz, Betts, and Ramirez to come to the plate and drive him in.
The Red Sox go into Sunday looking to be able to say they won a series against the hottest team in baseball. We think that E-Rod is actually back from his hamstring injury this time. More importantly, Henry Owens should not have to be called up to come to Boston take the L. Hopefully Eduardo can continue the dominance he was putting on display in 4 no-hit innings against Baltimore before coming out of the game. As long as he can just keep the Sox in the game, this offense should be able to go out and get the win for him. On a side note, isn’t that praying mantis in KC’s dugout just the dumbest thing you’ve seen in your life? I hope the Red Sox demoralize the Royals on Sunday so maybe one of the players will get upset and knock over the tank they keep it in.