The Red Sox roll into Texas on a nice four-game winning streak thanks to a sweep of the Blue Jays. It wasn’t the happiest of Canada Day’s in Toronto, as the Blue Jays lost three by an average of 7.6 runs. The final nail in the coffin coming on Sunday, a 15-1 for the Red Sox. Dating back to the Milwaukee series, the Red Sox are 6-1 in their last seven games and are in extras right now with the Rangers. The Red Sox have slowly surpassed the Yankees in the American League East for a 3-game lead. It felt like yesterday that the Yankees were not only up in this division, but up by a comfortable margin.
Baseball can change in a hurry, case in point. The Yankees beat the hopeless Blue Jays yesterday to keep pace, but the Red Sox are red hot and keep winning. Everything the Yankees did early on has seemingly gone in the Red Sox corner now. In a sense, the Red Sox have been doing it without David Price, too. Price is pitching, but he hasn’t been so hot. He hasn’t been earning his paycheque in any event. Price will get the start tonight against the Rangers, as they look to keep their torrid pace going.
The Rangers, and everybody else in the AL West, are playing second fiddle to the Houston Astros. Like I said, the landscape can change quickly, but at this point it’s looking like the best they can do is vie for a wildcard. Yu Darvish will get the nod for the Rangers this evening, a guy who is looking for a big payday. He is asking for a mega-contract, but I see him as a guy stuck between being an ace and a good pitcher. He has failed to command the mound like a Scherzer or Kershaw and is only just starting to stay healthy. It’s two big names on the hump tonight, as Price takes on Darvish in Arlington. Get our free Red Sox vs. Royals pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Pick
David Price (3-2, 4.61 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (6-6, 3.11 ERA)
If the Red Sox want to make a run at the World Series, I think a lot of their hopes fall with David Price. He’s going to have to hit that elite level again to give them the extra push they’re going to need, especially in the postseason. Price catches fire, and I think you can make the argument that the Red Sox will be in fine shape.
Price comes in with a 4.61 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Those aren’t ace numbers, but there’s still time for him to shape into that role. He has a 4.00 ERA in his last three starts, which again doesn’t impress anybody. Price has also played poor on the road, with a 5.32 ERA away from Fenway.
Darvish has been adequate, posting a 3.11 ERA in 2017. He’s only had the one bad start against the Mariners, but other than that he’s been on point. Is it enough to get a big fat contract? The way they dole out the money these days, I expect Darvish to cash in if he stays steady. Darvish has been consistent in the sense that he usually allows 2 or 3 runs. In eight of his last ten starts, he allowed 3 or less runs. The price in this game went in the Rangers’ direction up to -125, despite the fact that it appears the public is jumping on the Red Sox. The Red Sox have been playing fantastic baseball, but I think Darvish throws a wrench in the road momentarily tonight.
PICK: RANGERS (-125)