This is the type of game that the Red Sox envisioned David Price winning when they signed him this offseason. As we all know by now, David Price got off to a terrible start in a Red Sox uniform. Posting a 6.75 ERA in his first seven starts, many wondered if John Henry, Larry Lucchino and company's philosophy of not signing pitchers over the age of 30 was actually right. Fortunately for Red Sox Nation, it appears as if they were wrong. Over Price's last eight starts, he has a 2.47 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 58 innings. Additionally, opponents are hitting .204 off of Price with a .615 OPS.
On Sunday, it was business as usually for Price, who pitched eight innings of one-run baseball, striking out seven batters and walking none. Price was not throwing the baseball terribly hard (in the 93-94 MPH range), but he was locating all of his pitches, specifically his cutter and changeup. If Price is not going to throw 97 MPH anymore, he will need to locate all of his pitches like he did Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, which, in case you forgot, is one of the most well-rounded teams in the entire American League.
After David Price's day was over, Craig Kimbrel entered the decision, looking for his 16th save of the year. While Kimbrel did start off a little shaky at the beginning of the season, I truly believe that there was an adjustment period for him that included switching from the NL to the AL, as well as uprooting his life from across the country. According to Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports, since blowing a save on April 24th in Houston, Kimbrel has appeared in 18 games, 17 of which were scoreless, which, if you're good at math, measures out to a 0.49 ERA. Additionally, in that span, Kimbrel has faced 63 batters, relinquishing one earned run on six hits, while striking out 25 batters, or 40% of those that he faced. While the price tag on Kimbrel was steep, he is inarguably one of the best closers in all of baseball right now. Watching him fool hitters with a 86 MPH curveball when they are expecting a 99 MPH fastball isn't even fair at this point.
After a tough series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox were able to take two out of three against a very good Seattle Mariners ball club. Next up, the Red Sox finish up their home stand with a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. While the Red Sox were able to take two out of three against the White Sox in the South Side of Chicago a few weeks ago against, at least then, arguably the hottest team in the baseball, the White Sox have cooled off since, dropping to below .500 at 33-36, good enough for fourth place in the American League Central. The Red Sox should look to take at least three out of four against the White Sox, even though they have to face both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Check back in for a full game preview.