Series Recap: Red Sox @ Royals, 5/16-5/18

Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

Some thoughts about Boston’s trip to Kansas City right after I get thrown out of a game in the most random and sudden way possible

  • Live look at David Price right now:
  • Last night Price went 7.1 innings, allowing only 2 runs on five hits. It’s the first time this season that Price has strung back to back quality starts together, and the first time that Price has really looked like an ace, especially considering the Red Sox had dropped the first two games of the set and needed their stopper to come through in a big way. His velocity has rebounded back to 94-95 mph instead of 90-92 mph, and his ERA has dropped all the way down to 5.53. Obviously two starts does not a season make, but the signs are at least encouraging for Price’s season being back on track.
  • This is pretty cool…

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  • Steven Wright got the loss in the afternoon game of Tuesday’s double header, but it was nice to see him bounce back from his poor outing against Houston with a complete game performance against the defending World Series champs. Wright allowed only 3 runs in 9 innings, but the Royals bullpen locked up the Sox offense over the last 3.1 innings. That Herrera-Davis combination is diabolical.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s Hitting Streak Update: 24 games, .407/.460/.780, 37 hits, 28 RBI, and 7 home runs, including this line-shot to left center from last night. Oh yeah, he still flashes the leather on a regular basis too.
  • Mookie Betts is still only hitting .260 with an OBP of .311, but it looks like his season is finally starting to turn a corner. Over his last nine games, Betts is hitting .317/.378/.634, with a completely sustainable .323 BABIP. After the series against the Yankees last week, I wrote that Betts needed to step up, and he has absolutely done that. This is more like the catalyst the Red Sox were expecting to get this season.
  • On a less uplifting note, I’m beginning to think Koji Uehara might be on the precipice of  being washed up. In Monday night’s 8-4 loss, Uehara gave up 2 runs in 0.2 innings, thanks to an errant throw on an Omar Infante bunt and a Paulo Orlando home run. Koji’s ERA now stands at 3.94, and while his strand rate is lower than it’s ever been, he’s striking out less people and walking way more. His 3.38 BB/9 would be a career worst, and his 9.56 K/9 is his lowest mark since moving to the bullpen after the 2009 season. His velocity, which has understandably been in decline (He is over 40 years old after all), is now at an an all-time low, and batters are making contact at a higher rate than ever before, at least since he’s arrived in Boston. Combine a bump up in contact with lower velocity and more walks, and suddenly Koji doesn’t seem so dominant. Junichi Tazawa has been great so far, and it will be interesting to see if he takes Koji’s set up spot should these trends continue.
  • Price’s start salvaged the series for the Sox, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t at least a little concerned that Boston’s three best starters faced off against a quality team (albeit one off to a slow start) and the Red Sox still lost the series. Rick Porcello looks like he’s coming back to earth after a good stretch from late April through early May, and to be fair he’s a guy whose ERA should be in the 3.75-4.25 range anyway. Eduardo Rodriguez can’t get here soon enough, though “soon enough” might not be for a while.

Up next for the Red Sox: a three game home set against the 20-17 Cleveland Indians.

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