What’s up? I’m back from a week-long break. Haven’t watched since last Monday, but I have been paying attention. The David Price / Dennis Eckersley conflict and the promotion of Rafael Devers stand out, obviously. Anyway, let’s get onto the recap…
The Red Sox did not have a great time in Anaheim, and things have not gotten any better thus far in Seattle. On Sunday, it was leaked by The Boston Globe that David Price basically bullied Dennis Eckersley on a team flight last month. That sounds bad, but I think most would tell you the worst part of this story is the fact that there were players applauding Price for what he did. This has led to many calling out this team for being unlikeable and being poorly run.
In the first game since this was leaked, the Red Sox did not do much to provide any sort of distraction. Eduardo Rodriguez was matched up against James Paxton, who has had an outstanding July. ERod was not at his best, but he still managed to keep the Red Sox in the game. 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, and 6 K’s isn’t outstanding, but it’s not awful either. A three run second is what got the Mariners out in front. They tacked on another run in the fourth, and Rodriguez would go on to pitch into the sixth. In relief, the bullpen was solid and also gave the offense a chance to come back. Brandon Workman and Doug Fister combined to pitch 2.2 shutout innings without giving up a hit. Last season, the Red Sox seemed to be capable of coming back from a four-run deficit, but it doesn’t look like they are capable of doing something like that right now.
Four hits. James Paxton only gave up four hits, and the first one did not come until the fifth, off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. They had a chance to score some runs in the sixth, but that was about it.
This team is in first place, but it wouldn’t seem that way with how things have been going recently. Since returning from the All-Star break, the Red Sox are a lackluster 5-7, losing the last three. They need a jolt, really, and it looks like Rafael Devers could be that spark, we’ll see later tonight.
55 down, ? to go.