Saturday’s middle game of the Red Sox-Royals three-game series will feature David Price against left-hander Danny Duffy.
Price is 12-8 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.227 WHIP in 27 starts, tied for the most starts in the majors. Price has been inconsistent this year, but in his last outing Monday against the Rays he delivered one of his best starts of the season. Against his original team, the southpaw threw eight innings, allowing no runs, two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a 6-2 Sox win.
“It felt good, for sure,” Price said (via MLB.com). “I made some good pitches. It’s a tough team for me to pitch against. Doesn’t matter if it’s here or on the road. It’s just tough.”
The 31-year-old is 3-0 in seven games (six starts) with a 2.01 ERA and a 0.873 WHIP against the Royals. Price last faced the Royals on May 18, pitching 7 1/3 innings and giving up two runs, five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in Boston’s 5-2 victory.
Duffy is 11-1 in 35 games (19 starts) with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.010 WHIP, both of which are among the best in the American League. Since rejoining the starting rotation in May, Duffy has posted a 11-1 record in 19 starts with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.978 WHIP. Against the Twins on Sunday, the southpaw pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a 2-1 Royals win. It was Duffy’s sixth consecutive quality start and his 10th straight win.
“There was a lot of traffic out there,” Duffy said (via MLB.com). “But we made pitches when we had to. Drew [Butera] called a great game. When you don’t have your best stuff, you just battle. That was kind of how I felt today. Just get through as many outs as you can and let your defense play behind you. And goodness, didn’t they? They killed it out there today.”
The 27-year-old is 0-3 in five starts with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.792 WHIP against the Sox. Duffy faced Boston in August of last season. In that outing, he threw five innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks and three strikeouts.
Royals vs. Price (LHP)
Kendrys Morales (25 plate appearances): .250 AVG./.280 OBP/.292 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Lorenzo Cain (14): .286/.286/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Alex Gordon (14): .214/.214/.286, 1 double, 2 RBIs
Eric Hosmer (14): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts
Salvador Perez (12): .333/.333/.833, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs
Alcides Escobar (11): .273/.273/.364, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Paulo Orlando (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk
Christian Colon is 3-for-6 with 1 RBI.
Drew Butera is 2-for-5.
Billy Burns is 1-for-3.
Cheslor Cuthbert is 0-for-3.
Chien-Ming Wang is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.
Red Sox vs. Duffy (LHP)
David Ortiz (11 plate appearances): .300 AVG./.364 OBP/.600 SLG, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (11): .300/.364/.600, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 1 walk
Bryan Holaday is 0-for-8 with 3 strikeouts.
Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-6 with 1 strikeout.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-5 with 1 triple, 1 RBI and 1 strikeout.
Aaron Hill is 1-for-4.
Brock Holt is 1-for-4.
Mookie Betts is 1-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 walk.
Chris Young is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.