BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals:
David Price has found a groove.
Price finally brought his ERA below 4.00.
He’d been about that mark since his second start of the season. Twenty-six starts later, he finally reached the mark.
Saturday’s start marked Price’s fourth-straight quality start. Price will soon eclipse the 200-strikeout, reaching 186 K’s with his seven-strikeout performance.
Although the lefty hasn’t been at his best throughout much of the year, he’s caught fire of late.
Possibly at the most important part of the season, too.
Dustin Pedroia just missed making history, can’t buy an out.
Boston’s second baseman entered Saturday with seven hits in his last seven at-bats. He stretched that streak to 11-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game.
He had the chance to go 12-for-12 in the eighth, but weakly grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
He’s also the first Red Sox player with three straight four-hit games at Fenway Park since 1913.
Boston’s second baseman continues to prove that his struggles in recent years were directly related to injuries, not diminishing performance.
The offense passed a big test.
It might’ve appeared that Danny Duffy was a middle-of-the-road pitcher with the way Red Sox hitters tattooed him in Saturday’s win.
But the right only had one loss in 19 starts, with a 2.66 ERA (2.61 as a starter).
Between the long balls and Dustin Pedroia’s incessant ways of late, they ballooned his ERA to 3.01.
A respectable number, still, but a jump of nearly a half of a run.
Sandy Leon’s in a minor cold spell.
Possibly the greatest story of Boston’s 2016 offense, Leon hasn’t had too many struggles along the way.
But after finishing 0-for-4 Saturday night, he’s only 2-for-21 (.095) in his last five games.
Saturday also marked only the third time all season where he was held hitless in back-to-back games.
These things happen to everyone, but it was starting to look like Leon didn’t fall under the category of “everyone.”