The Lunch Break Down: Friday, June 15, 2018

Another week in the books, and another week closer to football games. Heading into the weekend, let’s take a look at today’s Lunch Break Down.

David Price has officially established himself as the Ace of the Red Sox. Price (8-4, 3.76 ERA) had a masterful performance last night in Seattle. If you couldn’t stay up for this one, I don’t blame you, but you did miss a great game by Price. He had great command of his pitches and was putting the ball anywhere he wanted to. The Mariners looked helpless against him. In 7 innings, it took Price only 106 pitches to rack up 7 strikeouts to accompany his zero walks on the night. The Mariners find themselves neck and neck with the defending World Champion Houston Astros for the AL West lead and are now 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Price looked like the guy Red Sox fans thought they were getting when the lefty first agreed to come to Boston, he is absolutely scorching hot right now. In his last 7 games he is 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 44.1 innings pitched. During this period, Price has allowed only 13 earned runs, 14 walks, and amassed an impressive 47 strikeouts;adding up to a 1.04 WHIP since May 12 aka after the Yankees missed start and Fortnite Fiasco. Haven’t heard a lot of video game chatter lately regarding Price and his performance. He is an elite starting pitcher and he’s a guy the Red Sox can and should rely on going into the heat of the Summer’s race. Before this season I declared that Price would win the AL Cy Young award. He seems to be on track to at least be in consideration, but there’s a long way to go until September. Besides, my other mortal lock was Comeback Player of the Year Hanley Ramirez (RIP HANLEY).

While Price was the headliner last night, it would be unfair if there was not recognition given to the offense. The team didn’t hit around Felix Hernandez as much as I thought they would, but they definitely did enough to win. Jackie Bradley Jr (.184 3 HR 15 RBI) had an RBI double in the top of the 2nd inning that scored Devers. The game was tied until the 5th inning after a bizarre play involving catcher Christian Vazquez and Kyle Seager which resulted in Seager stealing third base and scoring off of a sacrifice fly by Guillermo Heredia. It was bizarre because Seager was enjoying a large lead for himself off of second base with a runner on first, Vazquez decided to try and pick him off, but Seager just ran to third base once Vazquez threw the ball. In a game where it was obvious runs were going to be hard to come by, I thought this play by Vazquez really could’ve opened the door for Seattle to steal this game against the Sox. However, Price was able to settle down and get them out of it. This was rewarded in the top of the 6th, when Xander Bogaerts (.281 10 HR 36 RBI) crushed a ball over the center field wall, giving the team a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. Price is the winner, he moved to 8-4, Hernandez the loser falls to 6-6; and Kimbrel secured his 22nd save of the season.

 

Rick Porcello (8-3 3.54 ERA) takes the bump tonight against Mariners lefty James Paxton (6-1 3.02 ERA) at 10:10. Porcello has struggled lately and the Mariners offense has performed well against him generally speaking. Paxton owns the Red Sox. I would expect the team to come up short tonight.

Also, if you didn’t watch the game, you missed an All-Time Jerry Remy moment. Watch the clip below and see for yourself how Jerry enjoyed one of the more exotic menu items Seattle offers:

 

The Patriots are having a quiet week by their standards. Tom Brady has an interview with Oprah that is going to air this weekend. I don’t expect there to be anything juicy there, this is all Tom setting himself up for life after football. Is it possible that Head Coach Bill Belichick heard about this Oprah situation and became enraged? This would be the only valid argument to defend the fact that NFL.com reports that the Patriots hosted former Jets stud Christian Hackenberg  yesterday. I wonder if there was anything left over for him to see from Bill’s football history lessons from the other day. I hope they showed Christian how much fun the team plans to have this year.

 

The Celtics are quiet today as well, other than the now usual local sports media beating the drum of the idea of trading Kyrie. Irving is not the type of personality that is going to feed into the media or give the media what he wants. He knows he is in control of his destination and is playing things smart. Some fans may be upset that Kyrie didn’t explicitly come out and say how much he loves Boston and how he wants to spend his entire career here. I don’t blame him for not going on about the subject. Kyrie understands that this is a business, and he also understands that situations can change sometimes. He has learned from his horrible experience in Cleveland and is rightfully putting up blockers to the media and playing his hand the correct way.

The only way I would agree with Danny Ainge looking to move on from Irving would be if he has discussed the future with Kyrie Irving himself and he said he does not want to stay in Boston, or of course, LeBron James. I think if the Celtics moved on from Kyrie just to move on from him it could give off a bad vibe to the rest of the players in the league regarding stability in the Celtics organization. Would players be as willing to come to Boston in the future if they know that Danny Ainge is going to trade them the moment he is able to?

 

The Bruins do not have anything going on today, it is understood that the pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk remains one of the top priorities of GM Don Sweeney. There was an interesting somewhat Bruins-related story that came out earlier this week. Former Bruins defenseman Nick Boynton authored an eye-opening piece on the Player’s Tribune about his struggles with personal demons now that his career has ended battling post-concussion symptoms and substance abuse. It is worth your time if you have not yet read it. This subject is one of the most difficult to discuss in all of sports at the moment, but it shouldn’t be. It’s clear there are several retired athletes who participated in violent sports who’s lives now are ruined or are on the verge of being ruined because of what their bodies went through providing entertainment. There is no easy solution.

 

 

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