It wasn’t easy on Wednesday, but Mookie Betts made sure that the Red Sox were getting out with a win yesterday afternoon. In a 3-3 game in the bottom of the 9th, Betts stood up and delivered his 11th home run of the season. His 11th resulted in the game-winner with a walk-off to save the Red Sox day. They cannot afford to lose too many games against teams like the Rangers.
It’s not late in the season, but considering they are 7.5 games back in the AL East, the Red Sox can’t wait until then to turn it on. After a slow start following the World Series they won, the Red Sox have to a bit of catching up. Their rivals, the New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays have gotten a head start over the Sox.
The fact that David Price are rolling is a welcome sign. They’re going to need both of them performing at an optimal level for the Red Sox to get back in the hunt. The Red Sox have the talent to do it, but the Yankees haven’t been playing with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. When they come back the Yankees could be a scary unit.
The win on Wednesday ended a three-game drought with one swing of the stick by Betts. The Red Sox were also losers in five of their last six games before getting a win yesterday afternoon. Perhaps that long ball gets the Red Sox going and on a little bit of a roll.
It’d be nice if they find their stride before the All-Star break arrived. Boston want to trim some of the fat off get into a better position for a second-half push. All of that said, the Red Sox can still get into the postseason with a wildcard. I would not want to be the other wildcard playing them in a one-game format. The Rangers have been off to a surprising start. Despite the loss on Wednesday, they’re a 36-31 team in the midst of what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
The Rangers were winners by scores of 4-3 and 9-5 on Monday and Tuesday. All the Red Sox can play for is a split today. David Price will be sent out for Boston, while the Rangers will counter with Adrian Sampson. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Red Sox pick.
Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox Pick:
Betting odds provided by bovada.lv
Chris Sale hasn’t allowed a run in two games, and along with Sale, his teammate David Price has been heating up as well. Price goes into Thursday with some nice momentum underneath him. The lefty has been dominant with 2 or less runs allowed in each of his last five appearances.
In only one did he allow more than a run. That came against a very good Yankee offense on the road at Yankee Stadium, so you can chalk that up as a very skilled performance by Price. And that was against a team that have notoriously been good against Prince in his career. Note that in his last three efforts, Price holds an ERA of 1.47 and 0.98 WHIP.
At home he’s been able to top that with a stellar 1.08 ERA and 0.84 WHIP at Fenway Park. In four starts at home, he’s allowed 0, 2, 0, and 1 run for just 3 runs allowed in 25 innings of work. For as much as Price gets criticized for his shelf life and staying healthy, he’s done nothing but put on a show for Red Sox fans in Boston. After allowing 4 runs in each of his first two outings, he hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in nine straight starts. So, he’s done a nice job of silencing the doubters in Boston and elsewhere.
The Rangers hope to see Adrian Sampson duplicating what he did in his last two outings. Sampson allowed just a run in each outing against the Royals and Athletics. In his most recent appearance, Sampson pitched the whole game and recorded 109 pitches in a 3-1 win over the A’s.
This is the first time in his career that he’s topped 100 pitches, so 109 must have felt like quite the workout. How he responds against a better offense on Thursday is going to be interesting. Both of those games came at home and Sampson has been out of sorts as a visitor. Note that Sampson carries an ERA of 6.00, 1.81 WHIP, and .398 OBA on the road as opposed to a 2.70 ERA in Arlington.
The Red Sox have only had 12 at-bats against Sampson, but were able to rattle him with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. both connected for long balls. Look at backing Price here over Sampson at Fenway Park. The Red Sox likely get a split in this four-game series against the Rangers.