Four weeks remain in the 2019 regular season and with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Oakland all tied in the loss column as of Monday morning, five games separate the Red Sox from a playoff spot.
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Two scoreless innings from David Price (pictured) on Sunday against the Angels were a welcome sight, and both pitcher and manager were positive about the lefty's performance.
“We were thinking three [innings], but...I didn’t feel too comfortable pushing him," Alex Cora told reporters after the game. For his part, Price said he "commanded the strike zone with the three pitches, for the most part. Executed pitches when I needed to. That was good.”
Following Monday's off day, Boston will start a seven-game homestand against the Twins (three games) and Yankees (four) this is likely to determine whether the final three weeks will be a continued push to the postseason or just playing out the string.
With the third best record in the American League, the Twins will come into Fenway with seven wins in their last 10 contests. They lead Major League Baseball in home runs, RBI's, slugging percentage, and OPS. Needless to say, the three starters Boston will be sending to the mound in these three games - Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Nathan Eovaldi - will have their hands full.
The Red Sox obviously need to go at least 5-2 in these next seven games, and they're going to need to help along the way. That doesn't seem likely this week as Tampa Bay starts September off with the Orioles, Cleveland has the White Sox, and the Athletics face the Angels.
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