Losers of their last four out of five games, the Boston Red Sox are limping into the mid summer classic with the second best record in the American League at 50-39.
Although they struggled to close out the first half of the season with wins, one bright spot to take into the break is that they were able to go a full turn through the pitching rotation with quality starts from their starters. If that trends continues starting Friday in Boston against the Yankees, they should not have any trouble turning hard fought losses, into wins.
“Archer threw the ball extremely well,” Price said. “Whenever you give up crooked numbers and the opposing pitcher is throwing the ball he was, it makes it tough for your offense.”
For David Price that marked his fourth consecutive quality start, and with recent consistency it would appear his elbow strain that kept him on the DL to open the year through the first two months, is now in the past, allowing him to go out there and focus on giving his team quality starts.
Despite struggling as a team in Tampa against the Rays, Boston pitched well, and could have easily won another game or two. On Saturday they got shut out 1-0 to their division rival, and the pitcher of record was 2016 CY Young, Rick Porcello. Rick had last season’s ace like showing in that game; pitching 8 innings, allowing just the lone run, with eight strikeouts.
“When their guy’s throwing the ball that well, runs are at a premium. Just a tough one, said Porcello.”
With the Red Sox in a bit of a tail spin with the bats, the break couldn’t have come at a better time for them to get away, see the family and just simply clear their heads from the game. When baseball resumes on Friday night, the batteries should be recharged, the team kicks off a return back home for eight divisional games against New York and Toronto, with a 3 1/2 game lead on the second place Yankees and Rays.
Quite simply, no time to panic. It’s a long season and the first half was a success. By no means should we expect the second half to be any different.