Fresh off a clean sweep of the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox look to take advantage of another struggling team in the Houston Astros. While many penciled the Astros in as a potential World Series contender, they have drastically underperformed in this young season. Sitting at 14-21, the Astros are currently third in the American League West and seven and a half games behind the Seattle Mariners. While they are 6-4 in their last 10 games, the Houston Astros have been HORRENDOUS on the road this season, having won only four games in 15 contests.
The Astros will be sending former Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel to the mound, who has been extremely streaky to start the season. Keuchel has not won a contest since April 15, when he threw eight scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers. Since then, opponents have hit .351 against Keuchel, who has gone 0-3 with a 6.94 ERA, allowing 34 hits in 23.1 innings.
On the flip side, the Red Sox's $217 million man has not been much better. In three of his last four starts, the Vanderbilt product has given up at least six runs and has amassed an ERA of 6.75. The Red Sox offense has been able to bail out Price's poor starts, but at some point, if the Red Sox want to threaten in the playoffs, they will need their ace to perform.
Could this be one of the biggest starts of Price's career?
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