MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
May 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (24) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox yesterday reached the mark of an improbable 41 games above .500. They haven’t done so since the end of the 1946 season. For myself, that is 7 and 8 years before my parents were even born. We are truly watching something special, the current pace would put them in neighborhood of 110 wins. For the Yankees to get up there, they would have to go on a ridiculous 43-15 run. And that is with no Aaron Judge until late August. NY isn’t playing today, so the Sox could make it an even 6 game lead by night’s end.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox, looking for his 12th Win of the season (3rd consecutive Win). If not for Kimbrel’s blown save recently on Sale Day, the Sox would potentially have 3 pitchers on their staff with 12 Wins or more. Price’s recent start was the rain soaked postponement against the Orioles, where the Sox had a 5-0 lead through 1.5 innings. The Sox staff opted to not mess with the rotation schedule, and keep Price on normal rest. His start beforehand saw him pitch 6.1 shutout innings vs the Tigers.

Price last faced the Phillies last season in 1 start. In that No Decision, he gave up 3 ER in 6 innings, walking 4 and striking out 6.

Aaron Nola takes the ball for the out of nowhere Phillies, who are in 1st place of the NL East at 58-47. Debuting in 2015, this 2018 season has officially been Nola’s coming out party as the Ace of the staff. In 21 starts, he has compiled a 12-3 record to go with an ERA of 2.42, 0.99 WHIP and opp avg of just .202. In the National League, only DeGrom and Scherzer have lower ERAs. There has been just two starts where teams have gotten to Nola for more than 3 Runs. The last time coming on May 20th in St Louis, giving up 4 Runs in 6 innings.

David Price — Career vs Philadelphia Phillies in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA. That is 14 Runs (9 ER) in 17.1 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 43 games (40 starts), 22-7 with a 3.22 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies:

Jorge Alfaro —–

Asdrubal Cabrera – 7 for 20 (.350 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Maikel Franco – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Walk

Cesar Hernandez —–

Odubel Herrera – 0 for 2, Walk

Rhys Hoskins —–

Scott Kingery —–

Andrew Knapp —–

Trevor Plouffe – 10 for 29 (.345 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Roman Quinn —–

Carlos Santana – 10 for 31 (.323 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 6 Walks, 7 Ks

Nick Williams —–

Aaron Nola — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts —–

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 3

Steve Pearce —–

Blake Swihart —–