The fat lady ain’t singing in Boston just yet.
With their season on the line Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox would turn to Doug Fistera��yes, Doug Fistera��in an attempt to stave off elimination. As it turns out, David Pricea��who arguably should have starteda��would become the hero.
But it got ugly early, with Fister surrendering three runs in the first. As it turns out, that would be it. Surely it didn’t have anything to do with removing Fister after just 1.1 innings. It’s not like Boston didn’t give up another run the rest of the game or something.
Doug Fister shouldn’t have started, is what I am saying.
Fortunately, Price and the Red Sox were able to pick up the pieces. Finally, the Red Sox offense showed signs of life. A bad break for the Astros here (Mookie Betts bringing what would have been a three-run home run backa��sorry, Josh Reddick), a bad break for the Astros there (Josh Reddick watching a three-run home run slip out of his glove and into the standsa��sorry again), and you had the recipe for a Boston victory.
A victory that could not have been possible without David Price.
So can we place stop talking about the thing? You know the thinga��we should have stopped discussing this a couple months ago. And yet, it was getting plenty of airtime on Sunday’s telecast. Stop. Enough. Red Sox fans are tired of hearing about it. General fans are tired of hearing about it. The folks talking about it are probably even tired of hearing about it.
Now Houston’s offense didn’t necessarily go away after the three-run firsta��they just couldn’t produce anymore runs. Sources tell me that runs are important, though. Scattering 13 hits looks pretty in the box score, but not when there’s a ‘3’ penciled next to it. When Price did find himself in a jam, he’d escape. His overall line? 4IP, 4H, 1BB and 4K. The only problem? He’s probably not available for Game 4 later today.
Then again, it looks like rain may end up being a factor.
But here’s the thing: without Price’s performance on Sunday afternoon, there’s a good chance we’re not watching these two teams play again. There’s a good chance the Red Sox are swept. But perhaps the scariest part for Houston? Boston’s 1-4 hitters went a combined 2-for-18 on Sunday. Four of their hitters batting 5-9, however, picked up at least two hits.
Now with Charlie Morton slated to take on Rick Porcello, anything can happen. Suddenly, a Game 5 in Houston is a real possibility. And you can be damn sure that David Price would be available for that.